Red Salad Bowl has decorative burgundy-bronze leaves which look great growing in either a pot or container, in the vegetable bed or as part of an ornamental flower bed.
This fast growing variety, which is slow to bolt, can be used as cut and come again leaves or harvested as a full head (58 days to maturity). Red Salad bowl not only looks very attractive it also has sweet, succulent leaves and was awarded the RHS Award for Garden Merit in 1995
|When to sow
|Sow successionally end of February to August (Feb/March indoors or in a greenhouse/ April to August outdoors)
|Where to Sow
|Red salad bowl prefers light, well drained, moisture retentive, fertile soil in a sunny open site but will tolerate light shade in summer. Sow indoors or in a greenhouse, thinly in moist compost filled modules or trays, 1cm (1/2in) deep. Sow outdoors, thinly in final growing position, 1cm (1/2in) deep, with rows 30 cm (12in) apart.
|What to do Next
|For indoor sowings prick out into individual pots and grow on until ready to transplant to final growing position, in late April/Early May, after hardening off for 7 days. Plant 20cm (8in) apart in rows 30cm (12in) apart. For outdoor sowings, as soon as seedlings are large enough to handle, thin out weakest seedlings until plants are spaced 20cm (8in) apart. seedlings can be transplanted into other rows ensuring that they are watered in well. Water well, especially during periods of dry weather and in the 2 weeks prior to harvesting, and keep weed free. Regular cropping of baby leaves encourages new growth (up to 4 cuts) or cut the whole heads of mature plants when they are large enough to harvest.
|April to October
|Harvest before the central stem starts to form as this is a sign the plant is ready to bolt.
|Good Companion: Carrot, garlic, onion, and radish. Bad Companion: None
|A good source of antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C as well as vitamin K.
|Perfect in salads as either baby leaf or mature leaves.
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