Red, deeply cut, finely divided leaves, very attractive in salads.
Early maturing, but long standing, so it can be harvested over a long period. 50 days.
Slow to bolt.
The garden lettuce is widely cultivated in many parts of the world for its edible leaves and is probably the most commonly grown salad plant.
Prefers a light sandy loam. Succeeds in most well-drained, humus-rich soils but dislikes acid conditions. Plants strongly dislike dry conditions, quickly running to seed in such a situation. Early and late sowings are best in a sunny position, but summer crops are best given a position with some shade in order to slow down the plants tendency to go to seed and to prevent the leaves becoming bitter.
Sow a small quantity of seed in situ every 2 or 3 weeks from March (with protection in cooler areas) to June and make another sowing in August/September for a winter/spring crop. Only just cover the seed. Germination is usually rapid and good, thin the plants if necessary, these thinnings can be transplanted to produce a slightly later crop (but they will need to be well watered in dry weather). More certain winter crops can be obtained by sowing in a frame in September/October and again in January/February.Edible Uses
Seed - sprouted and used in salads or sandwiches.