Red Oak Leaf Lettuce
Lactuca sativa ‘Red Oak Leaf’
When to Sow: Spring
Light Conditions: Full sun to partial shade
Ease of Germination: Easy
Days to maturity: Full size in 45 days
Red oak leaf lettuce is a great addition for any garden. It produces sweet-flavoured, tender, deep red and finely divided leaves. This variety will not go bitter and is heat tolerant. Red lettuce seeds can be started indoors 4 weeks before the last frost date. For a continual harvest sow new seeds ever 2 weeks. Red oak leaf lettuce is ready to eat in 28 days for the baby leaves, or for the full-size leaves it takes around 45 days.
Annual. Full sun to partial shade. Rich, moist, well-draining, loose soil with a pH of 6.2 to 6.8. Add plenty of compost prior to planting lettuce. Sow seeds 1/4 ” apart and cover thinly with soil. Keep the soil moist and try not to let it dry out too much, but you never want it soggy. For the best germination results grow the seeds indoors in sterilized soil; black earth/peat moss mixture. Transplant outside after risk of frost. Spacing: 2″ apart with 12″ rows. Matures in 45 days.