The Land Rover Owners Ex Wife

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Lettuce, Really Red Deer Tongue


This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

 Variety: Really Red Deer Tongue (RSC)
Sown indoors: 23rd February 2014
First Seedling: 28th February 2014
Germination: 5 days
Germination ratio: 5/7seeds sown (by 2nd March)

Another new variety for me this year and also from The Real Seed Catalogue

Lettuce, Really Red Deer Tongue

19th March: Nearly 3 weeks old

Lettuce, Really Red Deer Tongue

16th April: 7 weeks old and these seedlings have been in the greenhouse for a couple of weeks now. Their red colouring is starting to come through.

Lettuce Red Deer Tongue

23rd April: These seedlings are doing really well in the greenhouse, however, I intend to plant some of these out into the raised beds to infill gaps where direct sown seed has failed to germinate.

Lettuce Red Deer Tongue

5th May: At just under 9 weeks old, the seedlings in the greenhouse are growing well although the red colouring isn’t as well defined at this age, as that of the much younger direct sown seedlings outside. Some of the greenhouse seedlings have now been transplanted into the raised beds, to fill the gaps left when seed failed to germinate.

Lettuce Red Deer Tongue 17th May: The greenhouse plants are being cropped for baby leaves. Meanwhile those that were planted outside have made a remarkable transformation from bland to colourful.

Lettuce Red Deer Tongue


3 thoughts on “Lettuce, Really Red Deer Tongue

  1. Thanks for posting this! I started trying to grow from seeds for the first time and planted some deer tongue lettuce. I had them indoors for about 5 days before moving them outside and was worried they had stretched themselves seeking light while indoors so googled some deer tongue lettuce seedling pictures and was happy to see that is just how they look. Thanks again for putting my mind at ease!

  2. I haven’t planted anything yet but your posts on what you have done cheer me up thinking that Spring is just around the corner.

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