The Red Leaf is slow bolting, mildly bitter tasting lettuce grown from a compact, loose leaf plant. It's lovely red color and high nutritional value make it a great addition to any garden or salad bowl.
How to Grow Red Leaf Lettuce
- Latin Name: Lactuca sativa
- Days to Maturity: 21 ( Leaves ) 45 ( Plant )
- Hardiness Zone: 3- 12
- Soil: Moist, well drained, 35<75 degrees
- Temperature: Cooler
- Light Preference: Full sun or partial shade
- Depth: 1/8"
- Plant Space: 8"
- Row Spacing: 18"
- Pests/disease: Aphids, Powdery and Downy Mildew, slugs, and snails
- Seed Count:
- 1 oz.- Approximately 20,000 seeds
- 4 oz.- Approximately 80,000 seeds
- 1 lb.- Approximately 160,000 seeds
Red Leaf lettuce grows best in moist soil between 35 and 75 degrees. This plant likes cooler weather however it can tolerate heat as well. Do not overcrowd lettuce as this causes the plant to take on a more bitter taste. Harvest the plant after approximately 45 days, or the leaves only at approximately 21 days.