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With their striking red and white-ribbed leaves, radicchio are wonderful to admire in the garden or a plate. They have quite a sharp flavour, which are perfect for salads or lightly steamed meats. They can also be roasted and paired with balsamic vinegar, for a beautifully sweet and tangy combo. Radicchio grows very similar to lettuce - easily and without much fuss! Just give them plenty of sun in your garden or balcony and you’ll be rewarded.

How to grow radicchio in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  2. While the seedlings are growing, choose a sunny spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  3. Once seedlings have emerged, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.  Allow seedlings to grow to about 3-4cm before transplanting.
  4. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 30cm apart. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as sugar cane or pea straw and water in well.
  5. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food to ensure strong root development and a good leafy growth.
  6. Harvest individual leaves as they grow or harvest whole heads when they’re firm to touch. Make successive sowings every few weeks to extend the harvest window. 

     
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How to grow radicchio in a pot

  1. Choose a pot or trough at least 300mm wide and deep. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. 
  3. Once seedlings reach 3-4cm tall, fill chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. Transplant seedling into pot and water in well with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. 
  4. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food.
  5. Harvest individual leaves as they grow or harvest whole heads when they’re firm to touch. Make successive sowings every few weeks to extend the harvest window. 

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Radicchio

The compact heads have a piquant flavour, ideal for salads or in lightly steamed meals. A favourite vegetable of southern Europe.


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