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Italian Dandelion Seeds - Tortoise Forage Plant bin207

Italian Dandelion/ Chicory
Cichorium intybus is a perennial plant that is suited to well or moderately drained soils with medium to high fertility levels and a pH of 5.5 or greater. 

Great forage food for goats, sheep, tortoises, deer, cattle and more!

Common name : Chicory 

Latin name : Cichorium intybus
Family name : Asteraceae/Compositae

Chicory is an attractive plant, and it is fine to feed to tortoises.  Do not feed the roots, as they are too high in starch and sugars, but leaves and flowers have a good level of calcium as well as a low protein and phosphorous content, which makes them useful in the tortoise diet.

How to Grow Chicory and Step by Step Guides to Chicory growing

1. Arrange the soil. Chicory can live or grow within well drained land where is fertile with nutrients. However, the Chicory plant will grow inside other soils when they are improved with organic fertilizers and a lot of compost manure.

2. Spread the plant/seeds 9 inches to 1.5 foot apart with 1/4" inches deep. Try to grow this plant/seed in early spring until summer for the period of one month following the final frost.

3. Expect the plant/seeds to sprout and separate seedlings to have them grown up over 8 inches apart. The sprouting time for Chicory growth is from  to 4 weeks.

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