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The Garden: Radicchio Salad Green - Easy Low Cost Way To Grow

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  • Published on Aug 27, 2016
  • I show an easy low cost quick way to grow this expensive salad green. I started experimenting with radicchio only a few months ago. So these results will be updated periodically.
    It has been compared to spinach in nutritional quality and it has a different texture. It makes a good compliment to other types of salad greens. It has a slightly bitter taste.
    I briefly talk about seeding radicchio. Then I show the simple process of removing the stem end and planting it and showing the progess as the plants grow. The plants tolerate heat. If too hot they will not form heads or very small heads ( the leaves are still robust and edible). The leaves will be more green in hotter temps and get redder as it gets cooler. But they would do better in colder climates. So fall plantings in cold climates would get optimal results. With the stem method the leaves will increase in size well before the roots begin to develope.
    Once the plants start growing they need moderate amounts of fertilizer and moderate amounts of water. So far no pests or diseases are affecting the plants. The only negative reactions I have seen in the plants was after 2 days of heavy rain the leaves got a little limp. But in a day they were back to normal. So don't over water!
    For more on radicchio visit my website beinginnature.wordpress.com
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Comments • 16

  • Montaza Angel
    Montaza Angel 2 months ago

    This was very helpful tome, thank you! I heard somewhere it needs 1.5 inches of water per week and mulch around the stems cause it liked moisture. Is that correct? Thank you very much, short video with a lot of information!

    • Wonderful Wandering Topics
      Wonderful Wandering Topics  2 months ago

      You have to wait a long time like several months.

    • Wonderful Wandering Topics
      Wonderful Wandering Topics  2 months ago

      It does need a lot of water. If you live in a drier climate some mulch might help. But I live where there is a lot of rain so I don't mulch. But I do notice that when we have a dry spell the leaves do wilt some.

    • Montaza Angel
      Montaza Angel 2 months ago

      i also didn't know the leaves were edible, but I was wondering. How long do you have to wait to see if a head would show up so to eat the leaves if it doesn't? Sorry, english isnt my first language, I couldnt understand all

  • Kim P
    Kim P 3 months ago

    This looks great! Can't wait to try. How do you handle slugs&snails/ ratlungworm?

    • Wonderful Wandering Topics
      Wonderful Wandering Topics  3 months ago

      Did you see this you tube video of brief talk on rat lung worm at a city council meeting here on the Big Island tvclip.biz/video/l5i29kRB12A/video.html

    • Wonderful Wandering Topics
      Wonderful Wandering Topics  3 months ago

      +Kim P My garden isn't much these days. After a medical issue for much of last year I have not gotten back to growing as much as in the past. Now just some containers of herbs, some arugula and a couple of bonsai in training trees. I have an ibook on iTunes about gardening that shows some of my gardening. Then there are my other garden videos on this channel and I did some videos on vimeo years ago.

    • Wonderful Wandering Topics
      Wonderful Wandering Topics  3 months ago

      +Kim P yes all do but there is one species that is very efficient at it. Since you are here on the Big Island do you know about the Ag Extension Service office on Komohana Street in Hilo. They would have current info on slugs and any outbreaks of rat lung in specific areas and suggestions.

    • Wonderful Wandering Topics
      Wonderful Wandering Topics  3 months ago

      +Kim P I have tried putting smaller containers on a table and the container on rocks in another container of water. It seemed to work. But you should still always closely observe and wash before eating.

    • Kim P
      Kim P 3 months ago

      +Wonderful Wandering Topics oh, I've also heard all slugs here carry traces of the pathogen

  • Julie Cade
    Julie Cade Year ago

    Might be helpful for viewers to know that you are growing in Hawaii.

    • Wonderful Wandering Topics
      Wonderful Wandering Topics  Year ago

      Thanks for the comment and for watching. Good to hear you were inspired by my video.

    • Ruby Slippers
      Ruby Slippers Year ago

      I’m so glad that you made this video. I’m buying a head today and wished I had the smarts to grow the red cabbage we just had. You inspire me to garden again. Thanks

    • Wonderful Wandering Topics
      Wonderful Wandering Topics  Year ago

      That's a good idea Julie especially since they say most viewers (60%+) of a video are new viewers. Thanks for your comment and for watching.