This deep-red, mini-romaine is a game-changer for Caesar salads! 'Truchas' is compact and easy to grow in small spaces and beautifully complements green lettuces. Uniform leaves stay upright in the garden and are easy to clean. Disease resistant to downy mildew, lettuce die-back, and lettuce mosaic virus. Seeds are pelletized with an organic coating for easy handling.
Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa
Days to Maturity: 21–48 days
Native: Unknown; lettuce has been in cultivation for a long time.
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual
Plant Dimensions: 6"–8" wide, 6"–8" tall
Variety Information: Glossy, upright, cherry-red leaves with a green midrib. 'Truchas' is a miniature, romaine-type lettuce with resistance to downy mildew, lettuce die-back, and lettuce mosaic virus.
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–70°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 to 6 weeks before your average first fall frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in fall and winter for cool season harvests.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, and in summer when soil temperatures are too warm (above 80°F) to germinate lettuce seed.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: 1/8"–1/4"
Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 8"
Row Spacing: 10"
Thinning: Not required
Harvesting: Harvest in the morning, by cutting off at ground level. If regrowth is desired, cut the leaves higher, at 2". For a continual supply, outer, individual leaves can be harvested at any stage of maturity, but leave at least half of the plant for regrowth.
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