OH A winter hardy frilly leaf lettuce with deep red leaves fading to bright green near the base of the plant. It can be picked leaf by leaf or as a head. It will produce more leaves if cut and left to come again. Possibly it was the ancient Egyptians who were the first to cultivate lettuce from a weed. The Greeks and Romans later adopted the vegetable and it spread to Europe. By the 18th century many varieties of lettuce had been developed. Adds colour to the salad bowl, a must have for variety.
Sow in early Spring, repeat monthly for continuous supply. Sow into trays, prick out at 4cm diagonal spacing when true leaves emerge. Transplant into fertile soil at 20cm. As some seeds require heat to germinate, lettuces DO NOT germinate if soil temperature is too high. In summer we have found lettuces do not germinate in glasshouse conditions, instead we germinate them in our shadehouse.