Lettuce - Red Salad Bowl
- Lactuca sativa Hardy Annual Heirloom. This leaf lettuce grows large, upright plants with long, deeply lobed, burgundy-red leaves which form a large rosette for an early harvest. The inner leaves have a bronze glow. Red Salad Bowl is mild and not bitter. Plant it in spring, summer, and fall. It was introduced in 1955. Soil & Water: Lettuce likes full sun except in hot summer climates where it prefers some shade, especially in the afternoon. Add plenty of compost to the soil to encourage rapid growth. Water evenly and moderately to prevent bitterness.
Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 4 weeks before transplanting outside, or sow seed directly as soon as the soil is workable. Make successive plantings every 10-14 days for a continuous harvest. In mild climates, lettuce can be sown from spring through fall.