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LACTUCA sativa 'Lollo Rossa'
Garden Lettuce, Lolla Rossa Lettuce, Looseleaf Lettuce
Densely curly, glossy, red leaves make this flavorful looseleaf lettuce a longtime garden favorite for home gardeners. The moderately heat tolerant heirloom variety is a great candidate for continual harvest, if planted in succession. The leaves are ready for harvest in 40 to 50 days and heads 60 days after planting. It’s as ornamental as it is delicious, so it’s a favored choice for edible landscaping.
Loosehead or butterhead lettuce is an annual garden green grown for its smooth, thin, buttery leaves and looser heads. When temperatures warm up, the whole leafy clump elongates and grows upwards. At this stage they are no longer good eating. When fully elongated they become topped with tall branched stems covered with pale yellow flowers followed by fluffy white seedheads. Seed savers should collect the mature seeds for another planting.
In temperate zones lettuce is favored as a spring and fall crop and in frost-free, southern zones it is grown as a winter crop. Full sun and light, fertile, nutrient-rich soil and regular water are needed for good production and performance. Plant lettuce seeds in succession for a longer harvest period. Once lettuce is subjected to hot weather and begins to bolt its flavor usually becomes bitter. At this stage, pull them or let them set seed for collection.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm
8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm
Northern Europe, Northern Africa, Asia
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Light Green
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border
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