Rouge D'Hiver Lettuce (Heirloom, 60 Days)
The Rouge D'Hiver Lettuce is an 1840's French Heirloom. Popular for over a century and translating to “Red winter“, the tips of these broad, flat leaves are bronze red with a green heart. Does well in autumn weather when the leaf color intensifies with cool nights. The Rouge D'Hiver Lettuce is a colorful choice for baby leaf; good regrowth abilities. Grows 10-12”.
Germination: 4-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF. Soil temperatures above 75 ºF inhibit germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: ¼ inch deep
Starting Indoors: Start 3-4 weeks before planting outside. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thinning to one per cell/pot. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperatures. Transplant out, 8-12” apart in rows 12” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Spring when soil temperature reaches at least 50ºF. 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 1/2 oz. Pinetree Lettuce Mix.
How much does a packet plant: 25-40 foot single row
Harvest: Cut whole heads, full sized or baby at base or snipe off individual leaves.
Tips: The Rouge D'Hiver 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.