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PlantFiles: Lettuce, Loose Leaf Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'New Red Fire'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Jan_FL_zone8 On Apr 11, 2011, Jan_FL_zone8 from Lady Lake, FL wrote:

Zone 8, picked as leaf lettuce, no bolting or bitterness. Leaves have excellent substance, crisp, stands up under salad dressings, nice texture - you know you have eaten something ! Watered deeply with ice water twice daily in mid-90's heat - even grew fast with this treatment ! Almost unbelievable qualities - No red I have tried can compare.

Positive LTilton On May 9, 2009, LTilton from Glen Ellyn, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very heat-resistant red leaf lettuce. I'm growing this one again.

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

A 51 day cultivar that is an improvement over Red Sails.

Positive Lettuceman On Dec 22, 2004, Lettuceman from Dayton, WA wrote:

This is a full ruby red loose-leaf lettuce that grows very well in both cool and warm weather conditions without becoming bitter or bolting.


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

Lady Lake, Florida
Houston, Texas
Dayton, Washington

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