“Red Fire” Lettuce Plants
MEG’s “Red Fire” Lettuce Plants are perfect for sandwiches and fresh salads. They not only have a great taste and texture, but they thrive in grow bags and work well in our Minnesota climate.
5 Helpful Points:
- Ready to eat on day of purchase
- No refrigerator needed = no wasted produce!
- 3 plants per grow bag
- Great for sandwiches and salads
- Full sun preferred/shade during the hotter months of summer
When can we start eating the lettuce?
MEG’s “Red Fire” Lettuce Plants may be consumed immediately, because we sell out lettuce grow bags when the plant is beginning its rapid growth phase. This means the plant will be growing in size rapidly after you receive it, and it will grow while you consume the plant.
There are a couple of ways to grow these plants:
Option 1: Harvest the whole plant after it’s fully grown (reaches about 10-12” high). This will finish the plant, and it will most likely not regrow if cut down to the base of the plant.
Option 2: pull off leaves as needed. We love this option the best because it requires no refrigerator! No wasted produce!
MEG’s “Red Fire” Lettuce are loose leaf lettuce plants. Harvest leaves regularly to encourage more leafy growth. Once the plant produces flowers (also referred to as “bolting”), the plant is essentially done with its leafy green growth phase.
Basic care information for “Red Fire” Lettuce
Thoroughly saturate the grow bag with water in the morning before the heat of the day arrives. Water your plant daily when temperatures exceed 70F. If below 70F, check the grow bag frequently by using the finger method described on the bag tag.
“Red Fire” lettuce is frost tolerant and grows best when temperatures are between 50-70F. During the hotter months, the plant will appreciate some shade during the hottest time of day. East-facing exposure works best for this.
Check out MEG’s Edible Knowledge Base for more information on leafy green plants.