Red Sails Lettuce -

(Lactuca sativa 'Red Sails')


Other Common Names: Red Sails Lettuce, Lettuce
Family: Asteraceae Genus: Lactuca Species: sativa Cultivar: 'Red Sails'
Red Sails Lettuce Planted · 9 years ago
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Plant Type: Vegetable

Sun Exposure: Full / Mostly Sun

Soil Type: Loam

Soil Drainage: Well Drained

Water Needs: Average

Level of Care: Average

Growth Rates: Moderate

Attracts: Visual Attention

Foliage Color: Light Green, Red

Average Width: .5' to 1'

Average Height: 1' to 2'

Theme Gardens: Cottage, Vegetable

Culinary Usages: Fresh Eating, Garnish, Salads / Sandwiches

Soil pH: 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8

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That just won't do! Report An Inaccuracy. - Buy Plants Trees Shrubs Online Buy Vegetables » · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Unlike iceberg lettuce, red sails lettuce does not form a ball or head. It is classified as a leaf lettuce, which means it forms individual leaves that can be harvested for salads and culinary needs at will. Red Sails forms dark red leaves which are very frost tolerant, quick growing and have a nice buttery flavor.

9 years ago ·
0 Green Thumbs Up · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Planting
Start by removing any weeds from the soil bed where you intend to plant lettuce. Then add 1/2 inch of an organic compost to the soil surface and till or turn in thoroughly. Soak the soil thoroughly before plant the transplants. Plant at the same depth the plant was growing in the container. If you are planting seeds push them into the soil about an inch deep and 8 inches apart. If you are planting several rows keep these spaced at least a foot apart. Water seed bed at least once a day until seeds germinate. Then water seedling on an as needed basis, but not so much that the soil remains wet or boggy. Lettuce doesn't like consistently wet soil.

Depending on your location, planting dates will vary. Start by trying spring and fall planting dates recommended by your local nursery and garden center or your local extension service. Lettuce is a cool-season crop and will probably not fare well in mid-summer heat in the southern U.S..

Though it prefers and performs best with more sun, lettuce is one vegetable that can be grown in partially shaded spots of the garden.

9 years ago ·
0 Green Thumbs Up · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Pruning
Carefully harvest the lettuce leaves as they mature. Lettuce are shallow-rooted so be careful not to uproot the plant when picking leaves. It's best to cut the leaves off.

9 years ago ·
0 Green Thumbs Up · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Problems
Pests may affect the plantings. Control insects by keeping the plants well spaced and harvested as they mature. Control aphids by spraying undersides of leaves with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or an other organic insect control product.

9 years ago ·
0 Green Thumbs Up · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Feeding
If you don't have very fertile soil, fertilize at planting time with 10-10-10 at a rate of 1.5 lbs per 100 square feet or alternatively you can use an organic vegetable food.

9 years ago ·
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