Lettuce, Red Butterhead ‘Skyphos’ (Lactuca sativa)
Far and away the best red butterhead available. Quick growing with tender, sweet, deep burgundy and cream hearts. A favourite at Lambley. I’ve only just started growing this superb variety. It has a sweet excellent flavour and a soft texture. Whilst quick to mature it’s slow to bolt and is the surest heading of the red butterheads. The yellow-green centres contrast nicely with the red exteriors. Can be planted all year round except perhaps winter in inland gardens.
All the lettuce varieties we sell have been bred for both flavour and disease resistance. All have a high resistance to lettuce aphid. The following varieties are the best that modern breeding can give. Quick to grow, slow to bolt and excellent flavour.
When to sow: Year round
Where to sow: Seed trays, pots or direct sow
Depth to sow: 5mm
Aspect: Full sun or as sunny a spot as possible.
Soil: Prepared, well drained, fertilised soil. Add lime if soil is too acid.
Spacing: Between plants 20cm; Between rows 30cm
Directions: Plant 3 seeds every 20cm in rows 30cm apart. Thin to one seedling after the first true leaves appear. Or plant 2 seeds to a 5cm pot or 2cm apart in seed trays and plant out when big enough. Lettuce germinate best at or below 20C.
Packet 30 seeds