Chicory is a great choice for a perennial planting where a durable high quality forage is wanted. Chicory has a deep taproot that helps it thrive in tough conditions. Chicory may be planted alone, or my favorite way to use it is as a companion for clover. It converts the excess nitrogen produced by clover into a high protein forage rather than fuel for grassy weeds. Chicory is also a strong performer in summer heat and drought when clover can struggle. Chicory and clover have almost a symbiotic relationship. Pennington Chicory Seed is over 99% pure seed compared to only 50-60% in most other brands of chicory. Be wary of slightly lower priced chicory seeds coated with 50% clay.
Type: Cool season perennial
Uses: Rackmaster® Choice Chicory is a new variety of perennial chicory developed by New Zealand breeders for the United States. Choice is a great name because this chicory produces high quality, high protein, high yielding choice forage for deer and other wildlife. Choice has been selected for its high yields, improved cool season growth and improved persistence. Choice can produce up to 6 tons of dry matter forage per acre per year with protein levels of up to 32% and digestibility of the new leaves up to 90 to 95%. Through its deep taproot, Choice Chicory has the ability to make minerals more available in its leaves compared to other types of forage. Increased potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc and sodium make Choice Chicory leaves irresistible to whitetail deer. Choice Chicory is a highly preferred, grazing tolerant plant that has good drought resistance.
Planting Date: Sept. – Oct. fall planting, Feb. – Apr. spring planting
Rate: 5 lbs./acre (low as 2.5 lbs in mix) or 1/8 lb./1000 sq.ft.
Depth: 1/4″ maximum
Best For: Deer, Turkey, and Rabbit
5 lb bag