No harvest this week, but had an interesting surprise.
Remember the radicchio from my 1/28/13 post? When I was separating the leaves from the core, I noticed roots and tiny radicchio shoots growing at the base of the core.
Core from the radicchio cut into 2 pieces. The US quarter next to them gives an idea of the size.
Those little pointy white growth are roots and the red spots among the roots are tiny radicchio shoots.
Decided to pot both pieces up in foam cup.
Placed the foam cups on the kitchen windowsill for observation.
Surprise! Both grew but the leaves turned green/brown.
Bumped up into larger pots.
Should have planted the cores in pots at the beginning, but I had no idea they would grow. Hope the disturbance from repotting did not cause any harm and both pieces will continue to grow.
The above observation got me thinking:
What if, this fall, when harvesting the radicchio, I cut the heads a little above soil level, dig up and replant the roots (that has a bit of stem (core) attached to each) into window boxes to over winter in the garage, will they grow new shoots? If so, will the shoots reach edible stage? Think I will give it a try, nothing to lose, something to gain.
Last year after I harvested the heads of radicchio, the roots went into the compost pile.
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