Planting starts mi-April, up to end of June outdoors and in rows. From October-November, pull the roots and then allowed to dry for two weeks in the open air. Then comes the forcing step: transplant roots and let grow away from light to obtain white leaves. Harvesting starts in January.
As with other vegetables, chicory are attacked by chicory fly, larvae and cutworms, some insects that will eat away at the root and heart of the vegetable and hence slowdown the growth process of the plant. Subsequently these diseases cause a slower growth of the plant, which can even lead to the death of the latter. A typical winter vegetable, chicory is not only a vegetable but also a leaf.