|Lactuca sativa var. crispa ‘Red Sails’ Family: Asteraceae
Common name: ‘Red Sails’ lettuce
Description: An annual, loose-leaf-type lettuce with eye-catching medium-green, crinkly-edged leaves flushed in deep red tints. Red colour deepens as plants mature. Mildly sweet flavour. Matures in 55 – 65 days.
How to grow: Start seeds indoors six to eight weeks before your last frost date. Sow outdoors two to four weeks before your average last frost date. Succession sow a few seeds every three weeks until about four weeks before your first frost date in autumn for a continuous supply of fresh leaves all season long.
Sow seeds ¼ – ½ inch (0.6-1.2 cm) deep and about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Lightly cover with soil. Space rows 18 inches (45 cm) apart. Germination is usually in 7-10 days. When seedlings are about 1½ – 2 inches (4-5 cm) tall, thin plants to 10 – 12 inches (25-30 cm) apart.
Water regularly to prevent bitterness. Harvest baby leaves in about 30 days. Remove full-sized leaves from the outside for continuous harvesting or harvest the whole plant. You can also cut the whole plant about 2 inches (5 cm) above the soil when it is 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) across and more leaves will be produced on the stem left in the ground.
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Updated on August 7, 2015