EXCLUSIVE - Eye-catching Ruby Gem offers plump, heavy rosettes about 6 inches tall. The vigorous seedlings grow rapidly into perfectly formed, well filled out, beautiful little heads with tightly folded, ice green hearts and ruby red tops. Leaves have crisp, juicy texture and marvelous flavor. Slice a pretty head of Ruby Gem in half to plate up a great salad for 2 people – just pour over the dressing! This superb variety was developed for gourmet markets by our favorite specialty lettuce grower.
Product Weight: .35 grams / Approximately 300 seeds
Plant Type: Vegetable
Flavor: Crisp, juicy
Days to Harvest: 50-55 days
Days to Seed Germination: 7 to 14 days
Seed Planting Depth: .5 cm (.25")
Seed Spacing: 1.5 cm (1")
Row Spacing: 30-35 cm (12-15")
Plant Spacing: 30-35 cm (12-15")
In cool spring weather, start seeds in full sun. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart in fertile, well-drained soil. Keep evenly moist but not soggy. As seedlings begin to grow, it’s critical to thin out young plants to a final spacing of 10 inches apart so they have room to mature to large, leafy rosettes (extra seedlings will transplant easily to grow elsewhere).
Container Growing: Plan on 5 to 7 full heads in a 16 to 18 inch pot or a 9 x 12 inch windowbox; 3 full heads in an 8 inch pot.
Use these little beauties in containers or as an edible garden accent or border. Or transplant seedlings around edges of a big pot holding a young tomato or pepper plant, then harvest when the bigger plants need the space. Savor young thinnings in your first spring salads. Harvest mature little heads when they are solid and well-filled out. Pull over-mature plants if they begin to elongate (“bolt”) in hot weather.