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Reichardia picroides perennial salad leaf pack of 20 seeds

£4.99

SOW EARLY SPRING TO EARLY AUTUMN – FOLLOW THE SEED SOWING ADVICE BELOW

Reichardia picroides also known as French Scorzonera or Common Brighteyes is a sweet and crunchy perennial salad leaf and a wonderful substitute for lettuce. It seems to have great slug proof properties as well! In Italy it is known as Caccialepre and is collected as a wild green and grows in abundance there. In terms of hardiness we are still testing this one as we haven’t overwintered plants as yet, but reports say it can tolerate -5c to -10c. You can grow it undercover all year round, but if growing outside we would recommend you cover plants with fleece over the winter months. Plants will self sow and are in flower between April and September and are fantastic for pollinators. This is an exciting addition to our perennial vegetable catalogue as plants and seeds very hard to find in the UK. We have established a permanent bed of plants so lots of seed for many years to come.

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Reichardia picroides also known as French Scorzonera or Common Brighteyes is a sweet and crunchy perennial salad leaf and a wonderful substitute for lettuce. It seems to have great slug proof properties as well! In Italy it is known as Caccialepre and is collected as a wild green and grows in abundance there. In terms of hardiness we are still testing this one as we haven't overwintered plants as yet, but reports say it can tolerate -5c to -10c. You can grow it undercover all year round, but if growing outside we would recommend you cover plants with fleece over the winter months. Plants will self sow and are in flower between April and September and are fantastic for pollinators. This is an exciting addition to our perennial vegetable catalogue as plants and seeds very hard to find in the UK. We have established a permanent bed of plants so lots of seed for many years to come.

How to grow

Sow Reichardia picroides from early spring to early autumn. Sow seeds shallowly in pots or trays of compost, prick out seedlings and then pot up into individual pots before transplanting out. Plants can be grown undercover all year round, or if planting outside, give plants protection over winter. You could also grow these in containers and bring them inside over winter depending on your location.

Harvesting and propagating

Leaves can be harvested any time, even when plants are flowering, but there are less leaves to pick when plants are in flower. The bright yellow flowers are fantastic for bees and other pollinators and carry on until September. Plants will self sow around the base or you can collect seeds and sow them in a different place. In autumn, cut back any old stems to encourage more leaf growth.

Cooking and eating

Use as a lettuce substitute, leaves are sweet and crunchy and make a wonderful addition to salads

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