Heritage update: Lettuce Bloody Warrior

Last year’s Bloody Warrior plants have overwintered well at Serpentine and are now starting to flower. The small yellow flowers are now turning into “dandelion” type heads. We will let them continue to grow on and, probably when the leaves start to turn yellow, put a paper bag over the seed heads, give the plant a shake, and collect any ripe seeds that have fallen in to the bag. We often repeat this a few times until most of the seeds have dropped.
These images show how tall the plant in the greenhouse has grown – very near to the roof level. The middle picture shows the red “splashes” on the leaves (of one of this year’s plants) that give the variety its name and the third image provides an example of Langley’s brilliant labelling activity. The growing team as well as any visitors love to know what they are looking at and looking after.

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