A favorite to use as baby greens, 'Red Sails' is ready to harvest after just 2 or 3 weeks and grows to a full head in just over 6 weeks. Very heat tolerant, the soft buttery leaves will grow well into warm weather without getting bitter. Contains more vitamins A and C than grocery-store lettuce! Attractive container variety, too. An All-America selections winner.
• Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa
• Days to Maturity: 45 days
• Family: Asteraceae
• Native: Unknown; lettuce has been in cultivation for a long time.
• Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual
• Plant Dimensions: 10"–12" tall and wide
• Variety Information: Light green, crinkled leaves turn to deep red-bronze on the frilly edges.
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–70°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 to 6 weeks before your average first fall frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in fall and winter for cool season harvests.
• When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, and in summer when soil temperatures are too warm (above 80°F) to germinate lettuce seed.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: Surface to ⅛"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 10"
• Row Spacing: 18"
• Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 10"
• Harvesting: Harvest in the morning, by cutting off at ground level. If regrowth is desired, cut the leaves higher, at 2". For a continual supply, outer, individual leaves can be harvested at any stage of maturity, but leave at least half of the plant for regrowth.