New Red Fire.
Looks gorgeous and tastes just dandy. It has some decent
frost-tolerance as well.
I'm growing some in a pot on my deck right now to use up
some leftover seeds. Even after a bit of sleet and snow
this week, it's still looking okay.
Nyssa, who can do without the sleet and snow this early in
i don't have any specific recommendations because i've
found that conditions can vary so much and tastes too
that what i might think of being a good lettuce others
may go yuck.
so, i suggest trying several different kinds, the seeds
are not that expensive, and then see how they grow and
how they taste.
unfortunately, here Mom is pretty picky and won't eat
most of what i've grown in the past for greens so i do
not even bother any more. she likes romaine lettuce
and it must be store bought...
i like about any green, spinach, beet greens, chard,
How would you describe the taste?
What kind of soil does it like? How much water does
Can I occasionally rip off some leaves, or should I
harvest the whole thing at once?
Does it grow back?
The seeds are available from Pinetree. I've also gotten them
from Kitazawa, but they're much more expensive there.
You can remove leaves from the outside of the plant a few at
a time (enough for salad or sandwich), and the plant will keep
I've grown it out in the garden beds with just regular dirt,
amended with peat moss and a bit of slow-acting fertilizer
or in pots such as shown on the website.
My pot farm soil is a rich mix of potting soil, peat moss,
perlite, and vermiculite with a bit of fertilizer. I've
described it in the article.
The taste? Not as watery as Iceberg. I usually grow several
types of lettuce including heading lettuce that I harvest
as leaf lettuce and use the red stuff in a mix for salads.
Otherwise I don't know how to describe the taste. Not bitter
is the best I can manage.
Nyssa, who also has a pot of Tom Thumb green heading lettuce
out on the deck that's doing well so far, but uses it as
leaf lettuce a bit at a time from the outside of the forming