Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
LACTUCA sativa 'Red Velvet'
Garden Lettuce, Red Velvet Garden Lettuce
The lettuce variety 'Red Velvet' forms handsome, bolt-resistant rosettes of ruffled, maroon-red leaves with green undersides.
This looseleaf lettuce grows from seed to harvest in about 55 days. Successive plantings every two weeks will yield a continual harvest as long as moderate weather prevails.
Looseleaf lettuce is a cold-hardy annual vegetable grown for its crisp tasty leaves that occur in loose clumps (rather than dense heads). In hot weather, the whole leafy clump elongates and becomes bitter-flavored. When fully elongated it "bolts," producing tall branched stems covered with pale yellow flowers followed by fluffy white seedheads. Once plants begin to bolt, pull them or allow them to set seed for collection.
In temperate zones lettuce is favored as a spring and fall crop; in frost-free winter zones it is grown in winter. Full sun, rich well-drained soil, and regular water are needed for good production and performance. Use 'Red Velvet' to dress up vegetable gardens, containers, or flower borders. It also makes an attractive (if short-lived) edging. Looseleaf types are typically harvested leaf by leaf. Just gather some of the attractive outer leaves and allow the plant to continue to grow until maturity.
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
7"-11" / 17.8cm - 27.9cm
Northern Europe, Asia
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Purple, Burgundy, Dark Red
Container, Edging, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border
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