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PlantFiles: Lettuce, Loose Leaf Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'Merlot'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lactuca (lak-TOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: sativa (sa-TEE-vuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Merlot

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Days to Maturity:
Early (55-68 days)

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Seed Type:

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive beclu727 On May 12, 2007, beclu727 from Dacula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Beautiful and tasty. It is so dark red it really stands out in a salad.

Positive Lettuceman On Nov 15, 2006, Lettuceman from Dayton, WA wrote:

This lettuce deserves to be in the flower garden! It is so red that it is almost purple. Really colors up a salad and tastes great too.

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 11, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 60 day burgundy leaf lettuce.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Augusta, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Troy, New York
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dayton, Washington

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