Red romaine lettuce can be discerned from the Green lettuce not just in color but in flavour as well. Red lettuce has a long history to its credit with origin attributed to ancient Romans who were growing red lettuce about 5000 years ago. Red Lettuce is also considered fat free food comprising mainly of water. You can indulge on a bowl full of red lettuce and feel full while getting a heave of nutrition such as vitamins A & K. Red leaf lettuce is easily recognized by its spoon like bunch of leaves with shades of red to dark reddish-purple. It has about the same nutritional value as green leaf lettuce but has double the vitamin A. Red lettuce has a shorter shelf life as compared to other members of lettuce family and should be consumed within a week after harvest.
SEED TYPE : Non-Hybrid, Open Pollinated And Non-GMO
MATURITY : Late 4 To 6 Weeks
HEAD TYPE : Loose Leaves And Small
LEAF COLOUR : Rich Red Leaves With Creamy Yellow Ribs
Due to the small seed size , a well-tilled seedbed is essential. Large clods will reduce germination. Direct sowing is recommended as soon as the soil can be made. Plant seeds ½ inch deep. You can sow seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before spring for an early crop. Harden off seedlings for approximately one week, and transplant outside either 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the winter ends. Seeds may be sown in single rows with proper spacing. Leaf Lettuce – Plant 6 -8 inches apart. Your rows of plants should be 12 to 15 inches across. Pass over the seeds with ¼ to ½ inch of soil.
Pests: Lettuce is susceptible to insect pests that attack the plant and either kill it completely or do irreparable damage. Some of the most common lettuce pests are: Earwigs, Cutworms, White Mold, Woodchucks, Rabbits, Aphids.
Soil: Although lettuce grows fastest in full sunlight, it is one of the few vegetables that tolerates some shade. In fact, a spring crop often lasts longer if shaded from the afternoon sunshine as the season warms.
Spot: Although lettuce grows fastest in full sunlight, it is one of the few vegetables that tolerates some shade. In fact, a spring crop often lasts longer if shaded from the afternoon sunshine as the season warms.
Temperature: Lettuce grows well in a cool climate with optimum temperatures for growth ranging from 16 to 20°C.
Watering: Lettuce needs a steady water supply.
HOW TO HARVEST
Lettuce should be harvested when it is nice, tender, & fully matured in size just before adulthood. Before maturity, you can harvest leaf lettuce by simply removing outer leaves so that the centre leaves can grow unhindered. A second harvest is often possible this way. Crisphead lettuce is picked when the core is firm. Mature lettuce gets bitter and woody and it will go bad quickly, so keep harvesting accordingly. As time elapses, cut the whole plant from the ground. As time elapses, cut the whole plant from the ground. It’s best to harvest in the morning before leaves get exposed to the sun. Keep lettuce in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in a loose plastic bag.