Variety: Lollo Rosso
Sown Indoor 21st April 2013
First Seedling: 24th April 2013
Germination: 3 days
As is the way with lettuce, it is used up very quickly. We take the Lollo Rosso as baby leaves and have now sown 4 lots of seed. The 2nd and 3rd sowings bolted rapidly once planted into pots and I have just potted on most of the 4th sowing. However, two weeks ago I planted some of the new seedlings into one of the raised beds and these are doing well and have started to develop the purple/red colour but, unlike my greenhouse grown Rosso, the colour is all over the leaf and not just around the edges which would suggest that the colour needs more than just light to develop. The greenhouse panes obviously act as a filter and so the true colour cannot develop properly.
Just over a month later and the outside lettuce is looking stunning, especially compared to those from the same sowing, still in pots in the greenhouse.