There are lots of supposed “red romaines” in the marketplace, but it’s hard to find one with all quintessential traits of our beloved green romaines: upright habit, dense heads, bolt resistance, and long leaves with crunchy mid-ribs and mild flavor. We deemed Rosalita Lettuce our 2022 Red Romaine Trial victor for its high marks in all of these categories. Distinctive burgundy-hued leaves have great, crisp texture. Bred by Johnny’s Selected Seeds back in the 1980s and selected by Rob Johnston for its size and tip-burn resistance. Thanks to our friends at Adaptive Seeds for introducing us to this champion.
Days to Maturity: 65
Latin name: Lactuca sativa
Life cycle for seed saving: Annual
Plant Rosalita Lettuce Spring through early Fall. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 70-85°. Planting depth: 1/8”. Full heads – start indoors and transplant at 12”, or direct seed every inch and thin to 12”. Baby leaf- seed 4-5/inch with 5” between rows.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!