Red Velvet Lettuce
Absolutely striking appearance. Tops of leaves are solid maroon, and the backs are green tinged with maroon. Seed Savers Exchange is proud to have reintroduced this variety in 2002. Slow to bolt.
- 50 days
- ±28,000 seeds/oz
- Looseleaf and cut-and-come again
- Soft, frilled leaves are maroon and green
- Slow to bolt
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
This lettuce can be used in salads or as an addition to sandwiches and burgers. Mix it with other varieties to create a salad mix of different textures, colors, and flavors.
Salads that have a lettuce base are often combined with grated cheese, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, and rich and crispy meats like bacon or pork belly.
Instructions - Sow continuously for a constant supply of lettuce. Best grown in cooler weather. Plant in full sun or partial shade.
- Direct Seed: 1" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1/4"
- Germination: 7-14 Days
- Thin: 6-8" Apart
Ratings & Reviews
Another family favorite from SSE!
This year I bought several new lettuces from SSE to try. I grow this Red Velvet lettuce in my greenhouse, direct sown in March and just harvesting now in May. It is just as the name sounds! Like red velvet. I love it. It's a delicate lettuce, certainly not has stiff as a romaine but so delicious mixed into a salad. Great color, didn't attract any pests and held up well to below-freezing temps many nights. A new family fave!
Gorgeous variety! Like the description, I found it slow to bolt and couldn’t keep up with picking it in our SE WI garden. Pleasant, mild flavor and it added a real pop of color to our mixed greens salads.