Spadona grows in clusters of long, straight, lance-like leaves with small, thin stems. The bright green leaves have a smooth surface with a thin center rib and rounded edges tapering to a point. The leaves are harvested when young and tender when they are less bitter. Spadona chicory is available in the late fall and winter months. Spadona is known as a cutting variety of chicory, loose leaves are harvested individually.
Sow seeds indoors from February to April, or sow outdoors in midsummer, May to August 0.5 inches deep from April-July. It grows best in soils with a pH of 5.5-6.8. Seeds germinate best in soils around 16 to 18°C (60 to 65°F) Germination in 7 to 14 days.
Transplant seedlings at 3-4 leaf stage from July-August spacing them 10-14 inches apart and spacing row 18-24 inches apart.
Harvest from September- November.
Maturity: 65 days