Attractively fringed and crinkled pale green leaves with a crimson edge form a loose heart. They add colour to the salad bowl and they have a great flavour!
Often expensive when shop bought, so grow your own - it's easy from seed and more satisfying!
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How to Guide
Almost fill a seed tray with moist seed compost. Sow seeds thinly over the surface, and lightly cover them with a little more compost.
Place in warmth 10-15C (50-60F) and keep moist. When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings 5cm (2in) apart into trays of potting compost. Gradually accustom them to conditions outside for 2-3 weeks before planting out to their cropping positions 25cm (10in) apart from late spring onwards. Water plants generously in dry weather.
Sow seeds thinly in a pre-watered shallow row. Lightly covering with a little soil.
Keep soil moist, as dry conditions impair germination. Allow 45cm (18in) between rows. Small sowings made every three weeks ensure a continuous supply.
Potting on/Thining Out
Thin seedlings to about 25cm (10in) apart when large enough to handle. Ensure remaining seedlings are still firm in the soil.