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PlantFiles: Lettuce, Batavia Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'Magenta'

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

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

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Krtka On May 25, 2013, Krtka from Lynchburg, VA wrote:

Very reliable summer crisp head lettuce with a slight red tint. I believe that this is also called "Sierra". Grows well in spring or fall, but will also perform in the heat if you give it a little shade. In our area, 7a, where summer temps routinely soar into the 90s and above, I start seedlings indoors, and transplant individual plants into the garden on the north side of some taller crops, such as tomatoes. For fall harvest, start seeds in early August, for harvest in October.

Neutral Terry On May 22, 2013, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

48 days to maturity; disease resistant.


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

Lynchburg, Virginia

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