The distinctive maroon-speckled leaves of this plant have excellent flavor. Also known as Forellenschuss, the leaves of this handsome lettuce are flecked with unique red spots. Freckles (romaine) lettuce is an heirloom variety with tender, crunchy leaves that have a sweet, slightly nutty flavor. Heat tolerant and slow to bolt. Makes a beautiful salad.
Water Day/Week -- Frequent light waterings in the morning or midday will produce fast growing leaves and excellent taste. Do not allow to wilt.
Harvest -- Harvest outer leaves early to encourage new growth. If the weather gets too hot, take the entire plant before it bolts.
Spacing -- 18" apart
Exposure -- Full Sun
Mature Size -- 55 days
Feature -- Colorful Leaves
Heirloom Variety -- Yes
Kid-Friendly -- Yes
Container Friendly -- Yes
Soil pH -- 6.0 to 7.0
Time to plant -- Early, tolerant of light frost
Fertilizer -- Apply 8-8-8 or similar at the recommended rate. Side dress 4 weeks after transplant.
Pests to avoid: Corn earworms, cutworms, leaf miners, slugs, loopers
Companions -- Onion, cucumber, carrot, radish, strawberry and sunflower
Avoid planting by -- Beans and parsley