Lettuce, Cerise Oak Leaf (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Red Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.
An excellent red oak leaf and great for salad mix. Vigorous and slow to bolt with good, sweet flavor, especially for a red lettuce. Fairly resistant to downy mildew. Dark-red pigmented anthocyanins fight the diseases of cold, wet weather and provide good color contrast in mixes. Cerise means “cherry” in French. An English commercial variety that we found in Ireland with Madeline McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year-round. Transplant into the garden 3-4 weeks after sprouting at 3″ spacing for leaf, 12″ for heads. Alternatively, direct sow March through September. In our area, lettuce can go through winter if protected. Succession sow for continual harvest.
Collect seeds when flowers are downy like dandelions. Cut seed heads and place upside down in a bag to dry for a few days. Knock seed heads against side of bucket or tote, rub downy fluff off seeds. Winnow and screen to clean.