RED PICK - Open Pollinated Oakleaf Lettuce Seeds

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Lactuca sativa 

  • Early maturity 
  • Oakleaf lettuce type. 
  • Improved “Red Salad Bowl”. 
  • Dark red leaves. 
  • Bremia resistance: 1-16 
  • Open-pollinated seeds. 
  • Natural, Untreated, Non-GMO Seeds. 

GERM: 99%

Always use fresh seed because old lettuce seed is unlikely to germinate well. Make small successional sowings every 2-3 weeks for continuous crops. Sow directly into the soil from early spring to midsummer by creating a shallow trench about ½ in (1 cm) deep using a cane. Sprinkle seeds thinly along the bottom of the trench, label the row, and cover seeds with soil. Water thoroughly using a watering can fitted with a rose. Space rows 6 in (15 cm) apart for smaller varieties and 12 in (30 cm) apart for larger headed lettuces. Seeds may not germinate well in hot weather, so make summer sowings in a lightly shaded spot or during the cool of the evening. 

THIN: Thin seedlings out to their final spacing along the row when they are about 2 in (5 cm) tall: spacings vary from 6 to 12 in (15 to 30 cm) depending on the variety. Remove unwanted plants with your fingers and add them to salads as delicious baby leaves. 

WATER: Water the soil around the plants regularly during dry weather and as they mature. Avoid splashing the leaves; this can cause problems with scorch or fungal diseases. 

PROTECT: Create traps and barriers to prevent slugs and snails from destroying seedlings. Check the crops at night with a torch and remove any pests. Cover lettuces with cloches in early spring and fall to protect them from cold and extend the growing season. Grow winter lettuces in an unheated greenhouse. 

There's more than one way to pick a lettuce. Both headed and loose-leaf varieties can be cut when mature by using a sharp knife to slice through their stem at soil level. Loose-leaf varieties can be harvested gradually by picking just a few outer leaves from each plant as required. This makes more efficient use of space, as plants will crop over several weeks. Leaves are best eaten freshly picked but can be stored for a short time in the fridge in a sealed plastic bag.