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Erich Sysak
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Hello everyone,

Has anyone grown coffee chicory from root cuttings with huge success? Any special technique? Advice?

Thank you.

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John Elliott
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1) I've never used root cuttings, I grow all my chicory from seed. Right now I have an abundance of seed, if you need any, send me a PM with your address.

2) I'm not much of a coffee drinker, so I have done no roasting and brewing of the roots. I don't even eat the plants that much, I use them more for animal feed.

3) They grow great on hugelkultur mounds. I have to chop them back to give other plants a chance.

4) They don't grow as well on compacted clay, which is what the yard is outside of the garden. I tried to get it to naturalize in the lawn, and a few plants came up, but they are puny compared to the hugelkultur plants.
 
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Thank you, John. This is helpful! I am in Thailand and July is rainy season. The chicory is in flower, but I am wondering if the seeds will disintegrate in all of this moisture. How long do they flower? My oldest plant has been flowering for at least 2 months.

Do you just let them go and dry on the stalks?

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Mine has also been flowering for about the last two or three months. If I don't cut it back, it will keep sending up stalks and flowering until the cold weather arrives. At that point, it reverts to whatever form the leafy type is (I have witloof, radicchio, frastagliate, and two others) and spends the winter slowly growing leaves. By October or November, all of the stalks are dried up and it begins to regrow at the base.

Last July we had a very wet month, I imagine it was a lot like your rainy season, and the seeds held up well. If you wait for the little seed capsules to turn from green to brown, that is when you can pull them and open them up to get the dozen or so seeds that are inside. A stem can contain a mix of brown and green capsules, and if you wait for them all to turn brown, you may find that a large number have burst open on their own and dropped their seed. You may want to go out on a weekly basis with a cup and squeeze the brown seed pods so they drop their seeds into the cup. Just like cutting the leaves, the seeds of chicory are also something that you can come back again and again to collect.
 
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John, are you able to diagnose from this pic? The brown buds I picked from this just evaporated between my fingers.

John, update: the blind can see.

I compared the plant from this pic to another and was able to find those little seeds! Thank you for your patience with me.
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Erich Sysak
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Anyone interested: the chicory root sprouted from 1 to 2 inch bits in a tiny, homemade greenhouse. Amazing plant.
 
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