Lettuce - Leaf - Red Sails - Lactuca sativa
Hardy Annual Red Sails is definitely a "loose" leaf lettuce, with leaves that can spread up to 12" across. Red and ruffled, the leaves are beautiful as well as sweet. Red Sails glides through the summer: it is heat tolerant and slow to bolt.
Soil & Water: Lettuce likes full sun except in hot summer climates where it prefers some shade, especially in the afternoon. Add plenty of compost to the soil to encourage rapid growth. Water evenly and moderately to prevent bitterness.
Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 4 weeks before transplanting outside, or sow seed directly as soon as soil can be worked. Make successive plantings every 10-14 days for a continuous harvest. In mild climates, lettuce can be planted and grown from spring through fall.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest the leaves as baby or adult size. You can begin cutting outer leaves as soon as they are large enough and continue until a central stalk begins to form, which signals the end of the harvest period. You can also harvest the entire plant when it's mature but still crisp.
Did You Know? Red Sails was an All America Selections winner when the variety was introduced in 1985.
Soil Temperature: 45-65°F
Planting Depth: 1/4"-1/2"
Germination: 5-18 Days
Height At Maturity: 6"-12"
Days to Maturity: 29-50 Days
Spacing After Thinning: 10"-12"
Approx Seeds per 1/4 pound: 100,000 Seeds