DESCRIPTION: Darkest red of all lettuces-deep purple in bright sun-and highest in anti-oxidant anthocyanins. Ellen at Golden Rule says, "This was the most beautiful lettuce we had in our garden. Very slow to bolt." Shiny curly leaves have complete resistance to downy mildew races 1-16. Quite frost-hardy. p>
BOTANICAL NAME: Lactuca sativa
DAYS TO MATURITY: 30 baby, 58 full grown
SEEDS PER PACKET: 300
SOURCE CODE: O
GERMINATION DAYS: 2-15
WHEN TO PLANT: Cool-weather, early-spring, late summer, mild winter
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4"
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Start in flats or direct seed. Cold frames extend season. Fertile, composted soil that is loose, not too acid, well-drained, and in good tilth with adequate nitrogen and moisture promotes fast growth for best flavor. In hot climates, use shade cloth or plant to the east of tall plants or buildings where lettuce has only morning sun. Pick outer leaves every 10 days or so, leaving a central rosette of 6-8 leaves. Or cut entire heads and plan on sowing every two weeks.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFORMATION: Annual/ C, W/Matures 6-12/Harvest 1-3/Yield 135-540/Spacing 8-9"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Easy to grow, tolerates winter cold, tolerates hot weather