Lettuce 'Rossa a Foglia Riccia da Tavolo' (Loose-Leaf) - Vita Sementi® Italian SeedsLactuca sativa
What is Half-Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season. Can be grown outdoors but requires winter protection from frosts and temperatures below 0C.
The attractive bronze tinged leaves of Lettuce 'Rossa a Foglia Riccia da Tavolo' are ideal for adding to salads and sandwiches, or used as a garnish. Sow this tasty Italian loose leaf lettuce all year round for a constant supply of fresh leaves. Harvest the best leaves individually when required to keep this superb lettuce cropping all season long. From summer sowings they can be harvested in as little as 20 days. Height and spread: 15cm (6").
Water lettuce frequently and hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing. Dry weather may cause heads of lettuce plants to bolt so watering is particularly critical during the 2 weeks before harvesting. A thick mulch applied around the plants will help to retain moisture in the soil. Harvest lettuce when required by pulling up the entire plant before trimming off the stem with a knife.
Direct sow lettuce seeds outdoors in spring and summer into well prepared, fertile, moist soil in sun or semi shade. Autumn sowings should be grown under cloches or in a cold greenhouse for overwintering. Sow seeds thinly at a depth of 1cm (1/2") in drills 30cm (12") apart in soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings to 30cm (12") apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Make regular sowings for a constant supply.
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