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
19th March: Nearly 3 weeks old
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm
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!
March 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm
Hello Jason, thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found my post helpful and I wish you good luck with the Deer Tongue. They are so pretty when they mature 🙂
March 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm
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.