Lettuce - Ruby Red Leaf
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- Category: Vegetable
- Type: Lettuce
- Variety: Ruby Red Leaf
- Family: Lactuca sativa
- Botanical Name: Unk.
- Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
- Growing Difficulty: 3
- Soil PH: 6.0 to 6.8
- Fertilizer Requirements: 8-15-36
- Soil Type: Average to Rich, Well-Draining
- Germination (days): 8 to 14
- Soil Temp for Germination: 40-65°F
- Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN
- Days to Maturity: 40 - 55
- Planting Depth: 1/8”
- Distance Apart (in row): 8 – 10"
- Row Spacing: 12-18"
DIRECT SOW IN FULL SUN WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 40°F
3 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
Ruby Red Lettuce is cold tolerant and can be planted in soil up to a couple weeks before last frost. However, if your winter weather is extended, seeds may rot or get washed away.
Plant in full sun when soil temps are above 60°F for best germination.
Use Ruby Red Leaf Lettuce in a mix of other lettuces for a great salad that is loaded with nutrients.
You can start harvesting your lettuce leaves at about 21 days; however you'll want to be careful not to damage the head (which will be ready in about 55 days). Ruby
Red Lettuce heads may be a green to purple color when they are ready to pick.
Allow a couple of lettuce plants to bolt and flower. These flowers will dry out on plant and have puffs of white cotton showing around the top (like a dandelion). Pick these flower heads and toss them in a bag.
Break the flower heads apart and oval shaped seeds will fall out. Allow the seeds to dry for a couple of weeks before safely storing them for the next growing season.