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Characteristics: Annual leaf vegetable
Seed per packet: Approx 80
Oak shaped leaves mature to a deep burgundy. Grow in full sun for deepest colour. Fairly heat resistant but exceptionally vigorous in cooler weather.
Prefers moist fertile well-drained soil but grows well in almost any garden soil in a sunny position with adequate water. Grow fast with plenty of water and regular feeds of liquid manure to avoid bitterness.
Tropical: All Year
Temperate: All Year
Sow: 3mm deep.
Sow direct or grow in trays of a good seed raising mix and transplant when learge enough to handle.
Germination: 6-10 days.
Plant space: 20cm
Row space: 30cm
Maturity: 7-8 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.