This selection consists of:
- Wild rocket
- 'Bulls Blood' Beet
- 'Rhubarb Red' leafy Chard
- 'Prizehead' picking Lettuce
- 'Wonder of Four Seasons' cabbage Lettuce
- 'Grand Rapids' plcking lettuce
- 'Australian Yellow' picking lettuce
Quick to sow and quick to harvest. Rinse off and it's ready to serve!
Estimated delivery time : 4-6 Working Days
|Latin name:||Lactuca sativa sativa + Diplotaxis erucoides + Beta vulgaris + Beta vulgaris var. cycla|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||May - October|
Lettuce seeds require no prior treatment. Sow a new row every 3 weeks and you will have a continuous harvest of fresh lettuce.
How to Sow
Sow in the garden – April-September
Sow under glass – from March
Sowing can be done in 2 ways:
- Sow in the garden, preferably in full sun from April to September. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm deep. Make a groove of about 1 cm deep and label the row. Mix the seed with dry, sharp sand and sow as thinly as possible along the groove using thumb and forefinger. Cover the seed with 0.5 cm of soil, press carefully down with the back of the rake and sprinkle with water. Extra rows should be 20 cm apart.
- Sow under glass from March - use a cold frame or a tray indoors. Fill the tray with fine sowing compost, mix the seed with dry, sharp sand and sow over the surface of the tray. Cover with no more than 0.5 cm compostl. Press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Cover with a plate of glass or cling film and stand in a light spot indoors or in the cold frame. Once germinated, remove the glass. Using a mini propagator indoors is also possible.
The seedlings (young plants) can be thinned and planted out after about 2 or 3 weeks. Potting up to small pots means you can keep them indoors/in the cold frame a while longer. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Plant outside from May.
Seeds germinate in 7-10 days, depending on temperature.
Plant out, generally 15 cm apart in moisture retaining and well fertilised soil. This lettuce will thrive in pots on patio or decking too!
Water more frequently in dry spells. Keeping the plot weed free will help the lettuce grow better. Try to prevent lettuce from bolting - the lettuce produces a stalk which eventually forms flowers which then turn to seed. This happens more often in the summer and may vary per lettuce variety. Bolted lettuce is still edible but tastes bitter. Try to harvest before this happens.
Harvest once the leaves reach about 10 cm long – usually 4-8 weeks after being sown.
This variety of lettuce doesn’t really form a head and the leaves are cut just above ground level. Ensure the heart of the plant remains intact and new leaves will grow.
There are all different varieties of lettuce available nowadays. Some are considered earlies, others are harvested in the summer and then others in the autumn. Some even grow all year round. It all depends on when they are most liable to ‘bolt’. If you were to plant an early variety in the summer, it would most likely bolt immediately – not recommended! The answer is to choose the right lettuce for the right season. With a cold frame, you can extend your growing season for up to two months. This variety of lettuce can be cut sooner as it doesn’t form a head.
These lettuces are of the variety Lactuca sativa.