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Rouge d'Hiver Romaine Lettuce Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 152 feet.
4.8333333333333 out of 5 stars
(6 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
This wonderful French heirloom from the 1800s has been pleasing gardeners with its rich, buttery flavor for more than a century. Compact, 12" tall head with a tender green heart surrounded by bronze-red leaves. The name fittingly translates to "Red Winter", as it is cold tolerant and resists tip burn. Ideal for fall planting.
$2.49 750 mg (~550 seeds)

Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa

Days to Maturity: 20–65 days

Family: Asteraceae

Native: Unknown; lettuce has been in cultivation for a long time.

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual

Plant Dimensions: 6"–10" tall, 8"–10"wide

Variety Information: Upright heads have bronze-red leaves and a green heart; develops best color in cool weather. 'Rouge d´Hiver' is a compact lettuce; a French heirloom from the 1800s.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–70°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 to 6 weeks before your average first fall frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in fall and winter for cool season harvests.

When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, and in summer when soil temperatures are too warm (above 80°F) to germinate lettuce seed.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: Surface to ⅛"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 10"

Row Spacing: 10"

Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 10"

Harvesting: Harvest in the morning, by cutting off at ground level. If regrowth is desired, cut the leaves higher, at 2". For a continual supply, outer, individual leaves can be harvested at any stage of maturity, but leave at least half of the plant for regrowth.

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Rouge d'Hiver Romaine Lettuce Seeds Reviews

6 reviews

one of the finest

5 out of 5 stars Jul 2, 2019
your Rouge d'Hiver hybrid is one of the finest on the market today. i will grow this Romaine lettuce each and every year.
Robert Even Riegel from WI

Slow to germinate but truly worth the wait.

4 out of 5 stars Jun 9, 2020
I found this variety to be one of the slowest lettuces to germinate. Many had difficulty shedding their seeds which seemed to slow their initial growth a bit further. I also had a lower germination rate than other lettuce varieties from Botanicala Interests. Since I had the same problem last year, I made sure to use about twice the amount of seed for my indoor starters this year. Notes to anyone with similar issues... I made sure to presoak the seeds to soften them up. I pressed them into damp seed mix and kept them covered with a clear tray cover for the first several days for extra humidity. I found that covering them with soil lowered the germination. Kept indoors for a little extra warmth, with plenty of light for better germination, It seemed to help. That said, Red Winter is my absolute favorite variety to grow, both for flavor and beauty. Rosy red watercolor tones blending into delicate greens in my spring batch. My winter harvest least year was even redder from the cold weather. The flavor is the best romaine I've ever had.
Kristine Niemeyer from WA
Owner Response: Hi Kristine, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Lettuce seed's germination is aided by light and should be surface sown as you mentioned. Thanks again for sharing.

one of the finest

5 out of 5 stars Jul 10, 2020
your Rouge d'Hiver Romaine Lettuce Seeds are an easy seed to germinate and once mature, one of the best Romaines that i grow each year. i grow several Romaines in my garden each year and your Rouge d'Hiver will ALWAYS be one of them.
Robert Riegel from WI

Delicious and Prolific

5 out of 5 stars Aug 13, 2020
I appreciate the tips mentioned by Kristine N., as this variety was the only lettuce that germinated reliably for me this season. That said, it was delicious and prolific. I am saving the seeds of the one I let bolt. Next time, I will use Kristine's growing tips. Such a delicious variety.
Christine Sforza from PA

Rouge d'Hiver lettuce

5 out of 5 stars Jan 1, 2021
Beautiful and tasty lettuce. Excellent growth in cool SF Bay Area autumn.
Frank Hochman from CA

Rouge Romaine

5 out of 5 stars Nov 5, 2021
Another favorite of ours! What beautiful lettuce, great grower. Have some growing in the garden now.
Keri from CO

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