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Palla Rossa Mavrik Radicchio Seeds

Organic

#3119
This packet sows up to 65 feet.
3.3333333333333 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Bring color and fresh flavor to your kitchen! Radicchio heads up and develops color best in cool weather. Excellent for overwintering in USDA zone 4 and warmer, and heads regrow if cut correctly (details inside packet). The distinctive and mildly bitter flavor sweetens with frost and can be mellowed by grilling or a flash in the pan.
$1.99 200 mg (~300 seeds)

Botanical Name: Cichorium intybus

Days to Maturity: 80–95 days

Family: Asteraceae

Native: Unknown

Hardiness: Biennial or perennial in USDA zones 4 and warmer

Variety Information: Round, deep-red heads with very white ribs. Flavor is slightly bitter. 'Mavrik' is a chioggia type radicchio.

When to Sow Outside: 8 to 10 weeks before your average first fall frost date.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average first fall frost date, transplanting after 4 weeks. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 60°-75°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–15 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"–10"

Row Spacing: 18"

Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 8"–10"

Harvesting: Harvest in the morning once heads begin to become firm. Move the large, floppy outer leaves to reach the inner, compact head. Cut at the base of the head, leaving about 1" of stem above the ground, rather than cutting at ground level; another head may be produced. Cut heads may be dunked in cold water and drained to remove "field heat", prolonging storage. Cut radicchio can overwinter to produce another head the next spring (USDA zones 4 and colder should mulch and possibly protect plants). Outer leaves may be harvested individually at any stage of growth.

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Palla Rossa Mavrik Radicchio Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

radicchio

1 out of 5 stars Jan 27, 2021
didn't do well for me
jacquelyn martinelli from RI
Owner Response: Hi Jacquelyn, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. You left several one- to three-star reviews generally siting that the cultivar didn't work well for you, and I wanted to let you know that we are always happy to help troubleshoot growing issues so you can grow your best garden. Please don't hesitate to reach out for advice or if you prefer we have several articles online that you may find helpful. Our goal is to help you have a great garden. Happy gardening!

Tasty and Hardy

5 out of 5 stars Oct 25, 2021
These guys have been tough little producers for me. I love them. I planted them July 2 for fall harvest and they survived 110 degree heat, smoke for nearby forest fires, sporadic watering during several weeks, and frost. Now they are growing away under white row cover despite temps getting to the mid-low thirties nightly. The flavor is great - a delicious bitter radicchio. I don't have the robust looking heads shown in the picture, but the leaves and inner hearts are wonderful. Think I will plant them earlier next year so they have more time to develop heads before winter. We will have snow soon.
JEAN from WA

Love but...

4 out of 5 stars Jan 14, 2022
a little tricky to grow. It is easy to forget that this is not lettuce, but a type of chickory. The last few years, I overwintered it, and by the time it got hot in late spring, it bolted, and never got any heads. However, in years past, as beginner luck would have it, I grew it successfully. It was started by seed in early spring, and harvested in early summer with nice formed heads. In my area, I think the plant gets shocked by the heat when overwintered. It seems to adapt to warmer weather if grown in warmer weather. I am going to try it again this spring as I did the first time growing it. If my hunch is right and I grow it successfully, then it will be a 5 star in my book!
Sharon from CA
Owner Response: Hi Sharon, Radicchio is ideally started in late summer for a winter crop or very early spring crop, not a spring crop. As a biennial, you can expect it to bolt the following spring. It sounds like starting them earlier will help get them more mature before days get too short (10 hours of sunlight) to foster growth. I hope that helps.

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