Salad Bowl lettuce includes both red and green varieties. Amply named, one plant fills a salad bowl with no need to add other lettuces. “Red Salad Bowl” is a large fast growing rosette lettuce with very pretty burgundy green crimped leaves. This award winning variety produces large, slow bolting, non-heading plants with sweet, succulent red leaves. • Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. • Recommended by N.I.A.B Sow successionally every 7 to 10 days from March to August for harvesting April to October. Regularly harvest individual leaves and Green Salad Bowl will keep producing right to the end of the season. This very decorative variety is also at home in windowboxes or an ornamental border, try it as an edging or scattered through other plants.
This seed is organically produced (seed harvested from plants that have themselves been raised organically, without the use of chemicals) and has been certified by The Soil Association. Soil Association Certification provides organic certification of the highest integrity to all sectors of the organic market, so you can be assured of its authenticity.
For the best lettuce... Never sow a whole row at once, a small row about 60cm (2ft) long is adequate for most households. For a continuous crop, sow short rows every two weeks.
Prepare the site: Lettuce can grow from seed to salad in about one month in many regions, and only a little longer in others. The key to tender and tasty lettuce is rapid growth, however lettuce has a relatively shallow and compact root system that doesn't absorb nutrients and moisture from the soil very efficiently, which can slow the growth. So to encourage fast growth, add plenty of finished compost before planting and again as a side-dressing a week or so after seedlings appear or transplants are planted. Give supplemental feedings of compost tea every few weeks until harvest.
Sowing: Sow indoors: Anytime of year for babyleaf and four weeks before transplanting outside. Sow outdoors: When soil can be worked in the spring Spacing in beds : Leaf lettuce for continuous harvest: 1.3cm (½in) in bands.
Sow at a seed depth of 6 to 12mm (¼ to ½in) Seed will germinate in 7 to14 days. The perfect temperature for germination is 4 to 16°C (40 to 60°F) germination rates decline above 20°C (68°F) Sow seeds in short rows about 30cm (12in) apart. To do this, make a shallow trench with a cane about 1.5cm (½in) deep. Tip a small amount of seed into your hand, take a pinch and spread thinly along the trench. Cover with soil, label and water. If birds are a problem in your garden, spread netting to prevent them eating the seed. When the seedlings are about 2cm (1in) tall, thin them out to give them space to grow, 15 to 20cm (6 to 8in)
Aftercare: Keep soil just moist. This is particularly important when the lettuces are one or two weeks away from harvesting, as dry soil now will cause the plants to put their energy into producing flowers.
Harvesting: Harvest as soon as they are big enough for the salad bowl. The harvest is over when a central stem starts to form. This is the signal that the plant is getting ready to bolt, then the leaves will be bitter.
Rotation considerations: Avoid following radicchio, endive, escarole or artichoke.
Good Companions: Everything, but especially carrot, garlic, onion, and radish.
Bad Companions: None
Lettuce Types: There are many types of lettuce and many varieties within the basic types. These described below are only some of the more common types Crisphead Also known as the Iceberg lettuce, this is a very popular lettuce worldwide. It has a white, crisp densely packed heart. It should be light green and have a springy firm feel. A great lettuce if you plan to use the whole lettuce all at once. The leaves soon lose their crispness in the fridge. Butterhead A delicious lettuce with a tender buttery taste. It has an open loose leaf head. Cos This hardy lettuce, originating from the Mediterranean island of Cos, also known as Romaine lettuce, has tall light green leaves with pointed tips, slightly savoyed leaves and a pronounced ribbed structure. The cos lettuce should have a lovely crunchy texture and a light sweet flavour. It is the lettuce of choice for Caesar salads. Loose Leaf Also known as "leaf" or “Continental” lettuce, these lettuces do not form heads, rather a mass of loose leafs which can be picked individually as required. They are represented by a great variety of leaves, thick leaves, thin leaves, flat or curled, red or green. The foliage of the leaf lettuce can be an attractive addition to the vegetable garden and the flavour very pleasant.
|Packet Size||1 gram|
|Average Seed Count||900 Seeds|
|Cultivar||Red Salad Bowl|
|Common Name||Loose Leaf|
|Other Common Names||No|
|Natural Flower Time||No|
|Height||20 to 25cm (8 to 10in)|
|Time to Harvest||58 days to maturity.|
|Soil||Neutral or alkaline.|
|Time to Sow||No|
|Growing Period||Can be grwon all year round.|
|Germination||7 to 14 days at 10-16°C (50-60°F)|