Red Leaf Lettuce

Red lettuce lends color, a light texture, and distinctive flavor to salads. The slightly ruffled leaves make a beautiful garnish, too.

Red Leaf Lettuce

  • Light: Full sun to part shade
  • Head size: 8 to 12 inches (loose-leaf type)
  • Matures: 21 days for leaves, 45 for head
  • Plant spacing: 10 to 15 inches apart

Red leaf lettuce grows in an open "head" of loose leaves that deepens in color as it matures. The bronze-red leaves hold their color and sweetness as the weather warms in the spring. It is fast growing, heat tolerant, and slow to bolt. Very high in nutrition. Grows best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade and even appreciates it in spring in hot climates. The red color is best in full sun and cool weather.

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available at your local stores, as we select and sell varieties best suited to the growing conditions in each region.

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