Perhaps the darkest red looseleaf lettuce on the planet. Deep burgundy leaves have a lime green main vein gives an attractive visual contrast. Very slow to bolt. Grow 35 days for baby greens or 65 days for a lovely head of sweet crisp leaves. Once known as “Galactic” in the 1980’s. Can self seed.
- Seed Count: 150-200
- Collection Date: Aug 2019
- Hardiness Zone: annual
- Soil: humus rich fertile moist soil
- Height and Width: 45cm x 45cm
- Germination test type: actual germination +90%
How to germinate Merlot lettuce seeds:
Thinly sow and barely cover; tamp firm & mist. Greater success with clear cover. Gentle bottom heat (15C) promotes germination. Days to germ: 5-10. Grow at 10C in fertile soil. Liquid kelp for the best salad greens. Heat & intense sun is lettuce’s enemy so its best to grow in a cool shady site in summer’s intense heat or suffer bitter greens.