Italian Dandelion Growing Guide

Growing Dandelion, Italian (Chicory) Herb Seed

  • Days to Maturity: Annual, 65
  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Planting Depth: 1/4"
  • Plant Spacing: 8”
  • Growth Habit: Upright
  • Soil Preference: Rich and well-drained
  • Temp Preference: Cool
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
  • Color: Green
  • Flavor: Slight sweetness and verdant

Sowing and Growing

Prepare soil with compost for best results of leaf production. Continue sowing seeds every 3 weeks for on-going harvests. Keep soil moist but not wet. Allow Italian dandelion to mature for two weeks before beginning the harvest process. Germination can take up to a month.


To harvest leaves, cut just above the crown when leaves are 10-12” in length—any longer will result in a bitter flavor. Try braising these greens as they make a great side dish in any meal. Harvest when the plant is still young and tender. When it goes to flower, it can become more bitter in flavor.

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