Bulk Cichorium intybus seeds are extremely popular herbs. They are easy to grow and yield a large quantity of quality herbs when used in home herb gardens. This species is native to the Andes mountains and produces a pinkish white flower in pinkish clusters that can up to four feet in diameter. These flowers are popular for being used as a tea. This article will give you the low down on how to harvest these wonderful herbs and make your own tea with them.
To harvest Cichorium seeds, the best place is an old compost bin with room temperature, a dark location that does not get direct sunlight, and not too much moisture. Seedlings should be taken at least a week before harvesting them. Do not take them from the garden when they are ripe. If you do not have a large garden to work with you can purchase small containers and plant the seeds in them.
These seeds can be purchased online or at garden centers that specialize in Herbs. If you order them in bulk, you may be able to qualify for bulk planting discount. Many websites will ship the seeds quickly. Some sites will even provide you with plant propagation instructions, growing tips, and photos for growing your Cichorium plants.
When you buy seeds, check the plant to see if it is already growing. You can determine this by examining the main stems of the plant. If it appears to be growing downwards then it is ready for you to dig up the dirt. Before removing the seeds from the plant look closely to determine if the main stem has tapered ends or not.
Once the seeds are removed from the plant it should be placed in a zip lock bag. The bag needs to be sealed tightly but at the same time opened slightly to allow air to circulate. The seeds will need to be held tightly to avoid moisture from accumulating inside the bag.
Place the plant into a large shallow pan. The pan needs to be wide enough to hold at least a week's worth of seeds. Make sure the pan is not too deep as the roots could easily go into the deeper layers of soil. Water the plant every two days until the soil is moist and the roots have time to establish themselves. Do not fertilize the plant until the first bloom appears.
Care for your newly planted Cichorium plant is simple. Water the plant daily during the first week and after every third day thereafter. You may consider sterilizing the pot before starting to grow.
Cinchona officinalis is a great plant to grow. It can tolerate some drought tolerant conditions. It will thrive with full sunlight. It is resistant to rust and grubs. It is good for the urban dweller and is fast growing in most areas.
Some caution is needed when planting this species. If it is grown in an area with a very cold climate, you should expect slow growth. The leaves may turn yellow as a result of extreme cold conditions. The flowers may not form properly or blooming may be minimal. It will also be susceptible to fungus and other insects.
The best place for your Cichorium plant is a well-drained area. It will need less water than a plant placed in the same spot with poor drainage. Do not over feed your plant during the initial few weeks. Do not put too much fertilizer on it. It will take time for the roots to acclimatize to the new soil conditions.
The best time for harvest is late winter through early spring. During this time the plants' roots are warm and the temperature is between sixty and eighty degrees Fahrenheit. Do not leave the plant unattended if it is in full sun during this time. This can cause damage to the tender roots. When harvesting, cut about two-thirds of the plant away from the trunk.
You can store your bulk Cichorium seeds at home in a clean jar or container. To dry them, place them on a rack in the refrigerator until ready to use. They can be stored for up to three months in a dark, cool, dark place. When they are ready to be planted out, lightly cover the area with a blanket. Allow them to get some sun and then water them and start your new garden.