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Lettuce - Flame - Lactuca sativa
Hardy Annual Heirloom. This leaf lettuce is distinctly bright-red color throughout the leaves and stem. The broad, frilled leaves hold color well. Flame matures early and is slow to bolt. This variety was introduced in 1988 and is difficult to find.
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 the soil is workable. Make successive plantings every 10-14 days for a continuous harvest. In mild climates, lettuce can be sown from spring through fall.
Harvesting & Storage: Begin harvesting 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 young and crisp.
Did You Know? Red leaf lettuce is rich in vitamin A.
Soil Temperature: 40-65F
Planting Depth: 1/4"-1/2"
Germination: 7-14 Days
Height At Maturity: 6"-10"
Days To Maturity: 45-60 Days
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 4"
Approx Seeds per Pack: 500 Seeds
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply brand vegetable seeds from packs are guaranteed to germinate. Once the seeds have sprouted, please understand that Peaceful Valley cannot be held responsible for the many uncontrollable growing and climatic conditions that must be met to insure the success of your crop(s).
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The seeds are finicky and decide when they want to sprout. I planted last September as our growing season for lettuce is winter and spring- they didn't sprout until January, but it was worth the wait. It's a very beautiful variety with a mild flavor. Exceptionally pretty mixed with oak leaf green lettuce and edible flowers. The more sun it get's the darker and more opaque the merlot hue becomes. The color is more of a burgundy to deep wine red or a burgundy variegated with green. It bolted very quickly though. I will grow this again and hope for better luck with a faster germination.Review by Heather (on 5/9/13)