Love this Chicory!
I own a small market farm in Lawrence, KS and I direct seeded this red stem chicory in late May in 2018 to sell at farmers market. It germinates incredibly well as a direct seeded crop and grew throughout the summer and fall all the way until our first freeze despite the fact that we had a 2-3 month drought and incredibly high summer temperatures. It also tastes delicious, is great for you, and sells very well at farmers market as a "red stem dandelion." I highly recommend this easy and hardy chicory.