Do you want to grow chicory seeds in Illinois, but don’t know when to start them?
Starting chicory seeds is not as easy as it seems.
- Chicory Seeds must be consistently watered, receive at least 8 hours of sunlight a day, & be kept at room temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
So if you don’t consistently water them they won’t germinate. If they aren’t in a room that is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit they won’t sprout. And if it receives 8 hours of sunlight the plant itself won’t grow.
- Because Illinois growing season is not long enough, chicory seeds cannot be sowed outside and should only be started indoors.
Because of this, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to start chicory seeds indoors in Illinois:
- To Learn More About HOW to Grow Chicory, Check Out This GUIDE!
When to Start Chicory Seeds Indoors
Depending on the type of chicory, it takes roughly 14-21 days (2 to 3 weeks) to grow chicory from seed indoors before you can transplant them into your garden. And it could take 75 days for your chicory to bloom!
The approximate date of when you should start your chicory seeds indoors can be found by:
- Finding the first average frost date HERE
- And then subtract 14 days from it
You can also find the average first frost date for most major cities in the below chart that I have created:
To help ensure the greatest success of your chicory seeds germinating you should:
- Use a heat mat to ensure the gardening pot remains at 70 degrees Fahrenheit
- Use a grow light to control how much light your chicory seeds receive
- Water your seeds with a spray bottle to ensure your seeds are not overwatered
It should also be noted that you will not want to introduce your chicory plants into your garden until 2 weeks after your first frost or else your plant will potentially die or not bloom
If you want to learn WHEN to start ANY Flower Seed in Illinois, head over to HERE and just type in the flower you want to grow.