Lettuce, Red Evolution (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.
We ventured into our first attempt at lettuce breeding with this gem of an ultra red leaf. A little opportunistic to start, we discovered a few off types in one lot of Revolution lettuce. Over a few years, we have stabilized it, and like it more than its parent. Taller and less frilly than Revolution, Red Evolution has the same deep red color. Its dark red anthocyanin based pigment and its ancestry give it a great level of disease resistance. Shows great field resistance to downy mildew. We love it for salad mix because its color offers rich contrast to the other greens in a mix. For best flavor, grow in cool weather and harvest young.
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.