Sowing Guide

How to Sow Red Apache Lettuce Seeds

How to Sow Red Apache Lettuce Seeds

Recognized by their intense shades of dark red and brown, and with a glossy shine, the Lettuce “Apache” (Lactuca Sativa) consists of large, loose, and broad rosettes which are formed by the distinctive oval shaped, frizzed edge, leaves. This variety provides a versatile and ornamental palette for flavour, with the inner centres of the red rosettes having a tender sweetness, before the flavour adopts a more savoury taste as we move to the outer edges of the leaves. Not only does this make the red apache a desirable delicacy, but it also serves as an attractive decoration throughout meals served. Sowing is best between Spring and early Winter in a sunny location. Featuring thick leaves and a slow bolting habit, with germination expected between 7-10 days, and days to harvest expected between 80-83 days.

Growing Apache Red Lettuces from Seeds

  • As soon as the soil can be worked, apache can be direct seeded. Additionally, the seeds can be grown indoors 3-4 weeks before transplanting outdoors.
  • Plant 3 seeds, every 8 inches, with spacing rows between 8-12 inches apart.
  • Cover the seeds lightly with approximately 1/8 inch of fine soil, and gently firm down.
  • Thin all young seedlings to one plant per spot.
  • For best results, temperatures should be maintained between 20-25 degrees
  • For a continuous supply of fresh Lettuce Apache, sow every 3 weeks

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