Red Coral Organic Lettuce
Strong & colourful! Red Coral is a salad bowl lettuce with red and green curled oakleaf shapes. The deep red colour is intensified in cool weather. They have Mildew and Tipburn resistance making them a sure-fire winner in any garden. Red Coral's 8" head matures in 50-55 days. Approx. 1000 seeds/pkg.
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Direct seed in early spring. Sow thickly in wide rows or in beds. Cover lightly (about 1⁄4 inch deep). Plant every one to two weeks to insure a constant harvest.
Choose an area with full sun to partial shade and soil pH of 6.2-6.8. Lettuce is a heavy feeder and prefers a rich, well cultivated soil with good drainage. Some success can be expected even in poor soils using the loose-leaf types. Add plenty of compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting. Benefits from regular feedings with a nitrogen rich fertilizer. Mulching is useful to keep soil cool and reduce weeds.
Harvest when plants are 3-4 inches tall. Simply cut off the leaves above the soil. Under proper conditions the lettuce will regrow and provide a second harvest.
Pests and Diseases:
Protect mesclun mixes from flea beetles by using row covers. Slugs can cause problems with lettuce and can be controlled with slug bait.
Most vegetables, carrot, garlic, onion and radish make the best companions.