Item #V-2333 | 500 Seeds
45-55 Days to Maturity. Lettuce New Red-Fire MTO has large, loose heads are green at the base and very dark red at the ruffled leaf edges. Retains its crisp fresh flavor throughout the season. Lettuce New Red-Fire MTO is Superior to Red Sails for full size heads. Popular among growers for its uniformity, intense color and bolt-tolerance. Lettuce growers like this one because of its deep, intense red color that carries well down into each leaf. It’s slow to bolt and makes good weight. The plant is compact and dense with excellent uniformity of form and color. This is a highly marketable leaf lettuce for spring and early summer in temperate areas and early summer to fall in cooler regions. 500 Seeds per package.
Vegetable Garden – Tips on Growing Lettuce From Seed
Some people are not excited about growing lettuce, however they should take a look at a garden full of today’s vibrant cultivars or taste a salad made from the most flavorful varieties. Some of the favorite lettuce include leaf, oak leaf, romaine’s, butter heads and bibs. Grow a good selection of lettuce and your salads will taste better than you ever imagined. The secret for the sweetest lettuce is to keep it growing fast.
Lettuce is a good crop for succession planting. To have a continuous supply of lettuce over the season, make plantings every 10 days to 2 weeks. As the weather warms, grow varieties that tolerate hot weather and resist bolting, such as crisp-head varieties.
Lettuce can grow from seed to salad in about 1 month in many regions, and only a little longer in others. The key to tender and tasty lettuce is rapid growth, however lettuce has a relatively shallow and compact root system that doesn't absorb nutrients and moisture from the soil very efficiently, which can slow the growth. So to encourage fast growth, add plenty of finished compost before planting and again as a side-dressing a week or so after seedlings appear or transplants are planted.
Give supplemental feedings of compost tea every few weeks until harvest. Gather outer leaves with all except iceburg types, as soon as they are big enough for the salad bowl. The harvest is over when a central stem starts to form. This is the signal that the plant is getting ready to bolt, then the leaves will be bitter.
Good Companions: Everything, but especially carrot, garlic, onion, and radish.
Bad Companions: None