Lettuce ‘Ruby Red’
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Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa
Heritage: USA, 1957
'Ruby Red' Lettuce offers mildly sweet flavour and is an excellent lettuce for adding colour to salads and garnishes.
It's an early variety producing good quantities of ruby red to bright green coloured leaves. Renowned for being the darkest red of all red lettuces, plus it's heat resistant and does not fade in hot weather.
It forms compact plants with loose, crumpled leaves. Perfect for eating as baby leaf from approx. 30 days, or harvesting whole at maturity from approx. 60 days. It was an All America Selections winner in 1958.
Spring - Autumn
Sow Direct, or Transplant
Lettuce is best sown spring through autumn. Seeds can be sown in trays for transplanting, or directly in place approx. 20cm apart when soil temperatures are between 10°c – 25°c.
10°c - 25°c
5 - 12 days
Transplant tray grown seedlings, or thin directly sown seeds once plants have some true leaves to a final spacing of approx. 30cm apart. You can eat or re-transplant any thinnings.
It is suited for growing in pots or containers if garden space is limited.
20cm - 30cm
30 - 60 days
Lettuce is easy to grow, but is best grown quickly for the hearts to form and develop properly. To encourage rapid growth add generous amounts of finished compost and organic matter to your garden beds, and regularly give supplemental feedings (such as of seaweed tonic or compost tea).
As lettuce has a relatively shallow root system keep well watered for best results, especially in dry conditions. Mulching well will help with moisture retention and encouraging it to crop quickly.
If sowing close to winter, transplanting can work well for allowing plants to get underway without experiencing significant losses from bug attacks. Always ensure to remain vigilant for hungry slugs, snails and caterpillars.
Sowing a small amount regularly will help ensure a continuous supply.
APPROX SEEDS PER PACKET:
|HOME GARDEN ($3.50)