Growing Radicchio - Benefits and Instructions


Benefits of Growing Radicchio

  • Cost Saving - Radicchio can have a hefty price tag, often reaching 5$ or more per head in the grocery store. 
  • Medicinal - Radicchio has been used for centuries to treat everything from digestive issues to kidney and liver disorders.
  • Nutritional Profile -  High in Vitamin K, Iron and Zinc.
  • Use in: Fresh salads, grilled, soups and stews.
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Growing Instructions for Radicchio


Sun Exposure: Choose a full sun location. 
Soil:  soil pH of 5.5-6.8, and rich soil with plenty of compost or well-rotted manure added prior to planting.
Moisture: Prefers frequent shallow watering, a drip or trickle system works best.
Planting: Direct seed as soon as the ground can be worked, or once the soil has warmed to 15-18 degrees. Plant every two weeks, starting as early as soil can be worked until late. Grow in the spring and fall for best crop.
Spacing:   Plant 2 radicchio per square foot of growing space using Square Foot Gardening Method.  Or plant in rows 12-18 inches apart.
Sow seeds Sow thinly 1⁄4 inches deep, thin seedling to 8-10 inches apart.



Cut as soon as the heads are firm. Radicchio that matures in cool or cold weather will hold in the garden for several weeks and even under the snow if protected by a thick layer of straw mulch or a plastic tunnel or cold frame


Place radicchio in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper. Radicchio will store in the refrigerator for upto 3 to 4 weeks


Lettuce; avoid planting with endive.

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