Friday PhotoEssay: Radicchio & Lettuce Edition

Because I’m saving the pictures of the garlic and shallots for a separate post, I took a few pictures of the radicchio and lettuce in the garden for today. The red color is getting darker as we have some colder days and nights. The red color is also variable between the different plants, which I find interesting. There is obviously not complete genetic uniformity in this seed batch.

https://i1.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8198/8233084486_0c358e1ea1.jpgFirst off, a picture of the red lettuce again. This one actually has a fully formed head. It is not a tight head like with iceberg, but there is definitely a head there.

https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8209/8232022291_a343523318.jpgThis radicchio is much more speckled rather than developing solid red color. Almost like the chioggia types tend to do.

https://i2.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8057/8233084950_67a49f179d.jpgThis one has the speckled character, but also some nice dark red color on the upper/inner surface of the leaves.

https://i2.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8340/8233085252_7979d52029.jpgThis last picture is the plant right on the corner, so that could be the reason for the darker color – it gets colder than the others. It has darkened to this nice burgundy color in the last 10 days.

Have a great weekend!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on November 30, 2012, in Around the Garden and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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