Brave Heart Romaine Lettuce is a hybrid variety that produces large tall heads of crisp, romaine lettuce. This is a very hardy variety with heads that hold well in the field. It is also very resistant to many strains of downy mildew, making it a great option for those growing in areas with high heat and humidity. Brave Heart has medium-green leaves and is ideal for growing large romaine hearts for fresh eating. This is a great variety for making wedge salads with your favorite Caesar dressing or vinaigrette.
Brave Heart Romaine Lettuce performs best when transplanted. Transplanting allows for more consistent plant spacing and prevents seedlings from competing with weeds in the early stages of the plant. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Thin plants to one seed per cell to ensure adequate growing space. Deer Tongue Lettuce transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward.
Lettuce transplants will need adequate fertilization once seedlings form the first set of true leaves. We recommend injecting 20-20-2o through the seedling watering system at least once a week to ensure plants are sufficiently fed. This can be done easily with our Brass Siphon Mixer and a five gallon bucket. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray. To maximize garden space, plant lettuce on double rows with 8-12″ between plants. Once the plants being to grow, they will shade the center between rows and help to reduce weed pressure.
Brave Heart Romaine Lettuce Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 8-12″
Row Spacing: 18-24″
Days to Maturity: 65
Disease Resistance: Downy Mildew