Lettuce, Hyper Red Rumple Waved (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 50 full.
Unconventional red leaf lettuce that is very red and very rumpled. Leaf texture is similar to Bloomsdale spinach, but deep dark-red and lettucey. Great for salad mix and head lettuce. Very hardy, partly due to its red color. The antioxidant anthocyanin causes the red color and defends against cold, wet weather diseases. Good resistance to Sclerotinia and downy mildew, two common lettuce problems for seed growers in Oregon. Developed by Frank Morton, a great independent public domain plant breeder.
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.