The Land Rover Owners Wife

Lettuce, Really Red Deer Tongue (direct sown)

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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: 30th March2014
First Seedling: 12th April 2014
Germination: 2 weeks
Germination ratio: N/A

In previous years my lettuce and salad leaf crops have been grown in the greenhouse but this year I will be growing most of my lettuce outside because I now have some superfine insect mesh to help protect them. I will also be using slug pellets (sparingly) because the netting will prevent the local wildlife accessing any slugs unlucky enough to come into contact with the pellets.

Lettuce Really Red Deer Tongue direct sown 21st April: The seedlings are coming along nicely but there are some gaps in the row where the seed has failed to germinate. I will be filling these gaps with some of the pot grown seedlings which are currently in the greenhouse.

Lettuce Red Deer Tongue direct sown

5th May: The direct sown seedlings are growing nicely and have more red colouration than the much older ones which have been grown in the greenhouse. Some of the greenhouse seedlings have been transplanted into the gaps where seed failed to germinate and it will be interesting to see how quickly they recover and whether or not they develop their colour as fully as the direct sown plants.

Lettuce Red Deer Tongue direct sown 17th May: Growing at speed and much more colourful than their greenhouse equivalents.

Lettuce Red Deer Tongue direct sown

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