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Lollo Rossa Lettuce (53 Days)


This neat little lettuce holds itself in a rounded mound shape like a perfectly pruned topiary. Leaves are ruby red tinged, fading to pale green in the center, with lovely ruffled edges. This could be considered an ornamental for borders and edges, but its mild flavor and colorful frilliness make it an exciting salad lettuce. 

500 seeds


Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-75 degrees F. Soil above 75 degrees F inhibits germination.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼ inch deep

Outside Sowing: Spring when soil temperature reaches at least 50 degrees F. Sow 1” apart, thin to 6-12”, depending on the size of lettuce you want, baby to full heads. Keep soil moist during germination. Sow every 2-3 weeks for a longer harvest period. Sow heavy seeded rows every 10-14 days for baby greens using the 1 oz. Pinetree Lettuce Mix.

Starting Indoors:  3-4 weeks before planting outsideSow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thinning to one per cell/pot. Provide 60-70 degrees F soil temperatures. Transplant out, 8-12” apart in rows 12” apart.

How much does a packet plant: 25 foot single row  

Harvest: Cut whole heads at base or snipe off individual leaves.  

Tips: Lettuce needs fertile soil for optimum growth. Work in compost or well rotted manure into your soil before planting. Provide adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.

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Beautiful tasty lettuce

Started this lettuce with my tomato seedlings in March and it matured into massive beautiful heads. Even though I am picking it towards the end of its harvest season (early June) the huge heads are still bitter free and tender when soaked in cold water and stored in the fridge. Wanted a red lettuce type and glad I went for it! Also happy I grew it as head lettuce as you can really see the beautiful color variation that way.

Carol S.
United States

Assessment of Lola rosa lettuce

Beatiful plants and very tasty. I'll probably buy this next year if you still carry it.