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Vulcan lettuce has crimson red tinted leaves that give way to green midribs and a succulent translucent pale green base. Its leaves are ruffled with a flexible, buttery texture and a lean, mild flavor.
Vulcan lettuce is available winter through early spring.
There are four lettuce type classifications: Head, Romaine, loose Leaf and Butterhead. Vulcan lettuce is an early maturing loose Red Leaf variety. It is a hardy, slow to bolt and vigorous cut-and-come-again lettuce that offers two to three harvests per season.
Because of Vulcan lettuce's brilliant texture and mild flavor, it is a versatile choice for many salad types. Its mild flavor won't overwhelm light dressings, its texture melds well with accompanying textures and its colors brighten salads, sandwiches and cold appetizers.
Vulcan lettuce is a cool weather crop as are most lettuce varieties. It grows best in fertile soil with minimal to sufficient irrigation, warm days and cool nights. It is a great home gardner's lettuce and it can be planted in containers and raised beds. Harvesting healthy cut-and-come-again lettuce is quite simple: once the leaves have reached an optimal height of four to six inches cut them just above the base leaving less than an inch for continued growth.