Lettuce, Rosalita (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Red Romaine. 35 days baby; 70 full.
Semi-savoyed, burgundy red leaves are a good texture and color added to salad mix. Also grows to form large, open romaine heads. Rosalita has a red-green combo that is now less common, yet beautifully fresh. Relatively heat resistant and slow to bolt. Selected by Rob Johnston to have, among other traits, tall upright stature and resistance to tip burn. Full size leaves can grow large and are good for lettuce wraps. Once a common variety popular on organic farms, but now hard to find. We are happy to preserve this old school crunchy and sweet lettuce. Bred by Johnny’s Selected Seeds and introduced in 1989, its PVP has expired and is now in the public domain. Aka, Johnny’s Red Romaine.
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.