- Deep red outer leaves with a bright green heart
- Tasty crinkled leaves with a lovely texture
- Easy to grow heritage variety from 1885
- With its beautiful colour, this is a stunning addition to your winter veg garden.
- Very hardy - will cope with any conditions that the UK throws at it!
- Harvestable before Christmas if mild, especially if grown under a cloche or fleece.
- Best time to plant
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Good pest and disease resistance
Slugs and aphids can be a problem for lettuce. To prevent slug damage keep the area around the lettuces clean and dry as possible, especially during the night. Use barriers such as crushed egg shells or copper wire. If the problem is known then you can use specific slug-killing nematodesmake sure you read the instructions on the package. MORE
Water the plants regularly to keep the ground constantly moist. If you are unsure, feel the soil with your hand. If it feels dry up to a fingernail deep then you can give the plant a watering. During winter the cold weather and rain should be enough to keep the plant watered most of the time. MORE
Plant in a position where the plants will receive around 6-8 hours of direct sunlight every day.MORE
Rich, well-draining soil
A good-mix to use is three parts quality compost to one part topsoil. If you are planting into the ground then make sure you have added plenty of compost, especially if your soil is clay-heavy as the lettuce can rot due to poor drainage.MORE
Applying a nitrogen-rich feed such as chicken manure pellets when newly planted will help promote leafy growth resulting in bigger lettuce heads.MORE
Pruning not required
No pruning needed.MORE