Red Tinged Winter Looseleaf Lettuce - Organic


Red Tinged Winter Looseleaf Lettuce - Organic

(60 days) A leaf lettuce for three seasons introduced by Beth and Nathan Corymb of Meadowlark Hearth who selected and multiplied it from heirloom seed they brought from Europe. The lofty loose 10–12" compact heads with slightly ruffled leaves are green in their centers and lightly tinged with bronze toward the leaf tips. Can be harvested at 8" for “one-cut” salad leaf. Red Tinged was a hardy survivor in staffer Roberta Bailey’s overwintering test, and Hildy Danforth of Shelburne, NH, said that “it was the best I’ve seen in my fall greenhouse and I’ve grown every lettuce with the word ‘winter’ in its name.” Sow to mature in fall or late fall, or start in fall to overwinter and rally for major production in spring. Turns quite bitter in heat, so not for summer production. Cold-hardy through at least part of the Maine winter.

2786 Red Tinged Winter - Organic
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B: 4g for $6.30  
C: 14g for $11.00  
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Lactuca sativa

All lettuce is open-pollinated.
1 gram packet sows 25 ft; 2 grams, 50 ft; 1 oz, 500–700 ft. Varieties average 875 seeds/1g pkt, or 1,750 seeds/2g packet.

Culture: May be started indoors in March and at regular intervals thereafter, or sowed outdoors as soon as ground can be worked. Many varieties won’t germinate in soil temperatures above 75° and most shut down above 80°. Where available, we present data here from a California germination experiment at 84°.

Hardy. All save icebergs tolerate heavy frost. Grow best in cool weather with ample moisture, many kinds suffer bottom rot and tipburn in heat; select summer varieties carefully. Use shade cloth to keep summer lettuce tender and sweet longer. Sesquiterpene lactones produced in the latex render lettuce bitter when it bolts.

Sow every 2 weeks for continuous supply. Lettuce will not head unless thinned frequently and ruthlessly to final distance of 1'. Heavy nitrogen feeders.

Minimum germination soil temperature 35°, optimal range 40–80°.

Days to maturity are from direct seeding.


  • BOR: Bottom Rot
  • DM: Downy Mildew
  • LMV: Lettuce Mosaic Virus
  • PM: Powdery Mildew
  • SC: Sclerotinia
  • TB: Tipburn
  • X: Xanthemonas

Pest: Aster Leafhopper (vector for Aster Yellows disease)
Cultural controls: control perennial broadleaf weeds near lettuce plantings, plow lettuce fields immediately after harvest.

Pest: Slug
Cultural controls: avoid mulch or nearby grassy areas.
Material: Sluggo

Disease: Bottom Rot
Cultural controls: rotate with grass-family green manures, plant in well-drained soil or on raised beds, more upright varieties escape infection.

Diseases: Downy Mildew, Grey Mold, White Mold
Cultural controls: rotation, reduce duration of leaf wetness, plant parallel to prevailing winds, use wide spacing, control weeds, use well-drained fields in spring and fall.
Material: Actinovate