A shiny dark oakleaf with internal green producing medium sized heads. Excellent flavour and ideal for adding to mixed salads. Resistant to leaf aphid and Downy Mildew,
When to sow
End of February to July
Where to Sow
Sowings can be made underglass, sow seeds into pots or trays of seed sowing compost at a temperature of 15-20C and lightly cover seeds with sprinkling of vermiculite or compost. Alternatively sow seeds from April thinly along rows 1.5cm (1/2in) deep and 30cm (12in) apart direct in the vegetable plot.
What to do next
Sowings made underglass can be pricked out into individual pots or module trays and grown on until ready to harden off and plant out into the vegetable plot 30cm (12in) apart between the plants and the rows. Seedlings sown direct outside can be thinned once large enough to handle to 30cm (12in) apart. Thinnings can also be transplanted into other rows, watered in well during hot dry spells.
10-12 weeks from sowing.
Although this variety forms a loose heart and can be used as a traditional lettuce, it is also possible to pull a few leaves at a time as required.
A good source of anti-oxidants such as beta carotene and vitamin C as well as vitamin K.