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Red Lettuce Lactuca Sativa Seeds
Packet of 500+ seeds!
Great plant to have and with a decent sized packet like this, you can plant a few every week ensuring a full years free lettuce!
When we lived in the city in a unit, we had four polystyrene boxes on the balcony, that we used to rotate ensuring a totally continuous supply. Cheap set up too! (Get the polystyrene broccoli boxes from the supermarket or greengrocer for free!)
Put one bag of quality potting mix in each box.
Plant a tiny pinch of seed about every 3 weeks.
Harvest from the biggest lettuce, from the outside leaves first. Easy as!!!
These days we use them as a space filler in the irrigated rows.
They are nice and quick, with the first harvestable leaves coming on a couple weeks old, then lasting months and months!
It’s excellent in traditional salads, but also soups, stews you name it! (just use the core and stem as you would celery)
Unlike the traditional head lettuces such as the “Iceberg”, it has a very high vitamin content with an average serve providing about of 149% DI Vitamin K, and 127% DI Vitamin A.
As it is a “Loose Leaf” type it is able to be harvested leaf by leaf over a month or more, ensuring you always have some fresh ready for the table.
Just cut the lowest leaves first, and use a sharp clean kinfe, and it will continue growing, replacing the outside leaves.
If it starts to “run to seed” or “spike”, just snap off the tip! It will reshoot again from the base, giving you another month or so of growth, and when it does eventually set seed, you will get plenty to replant, as it will have several flower stalks, instead of just the one!
The leaves are also a source of trace amounts of elements such calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, selenium, folate, niacin, vitamin C, among many others.
Fantastic variety, beating the boring old Iceberg hands down I reckon!
Grown by us organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!