How to harvest Red Oakleaf Lettuce
Harvest as soon as the leaves are large enough to use. Don't wait too long, as the lettuce eventually develops a bitter flavor and woody texture. Harvest older leaves first, using clean kitchen shears to cut the individual leaves from the stem or whole plants to ground level. Harvest about 30 - 45 days after sowing. Any heat or dry stress will lead to bitterness!
How to propagate Red Oakleaf Lettuce
Sow directly in beds very shallowly and space rows 20 to 30 cm apart. Germination takes 7-14 days. Sow during spring and summer.
Special features of Red Oakleaf Lettuce
Rotate crop every two years. Alternative with cabbage family and root crops or legumes.
Can be planted in a container, provided it is large enough. Minimum of 30 cm wide will be sufficient.
Other uses of Red Oakleaf Lettuce
This variety is commonly used in salads and sandwiches.
Rich in vitamins A, B and C, minerals like Magnesium and Potassium and almost as much Calcium as milk!