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45-55 days. Truchas is the most strikingly red, smaller statured romaine type we've trialed. These breathtaking plants have intense crimson leaves with brilliantly contrasting green ribs and veins. The allure doesn't stop at the plants' appearance. A delight to eat, Truchas is very refined with melt-in-your-mouth texture and utterly bitter-free flavor. The cylindrical plants are upright, growing to 12 inches wide and 7 inches tall with razor-smooth leaves. HR: DM 1–9, TBSV. IR: LMV 1.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Tricia R.
Outstanding lettuce!

This lettuce has been a staple for my garden. The seeds have lasted several seasons, they grow well, and during the heat wave we are having, it has been the last one to bolt. A very sturdy, easy to grow lettuce - tastes great!

Stacy K.
Didn't grow and then died

The lettuce never grew once I planted it, and recently died.

So sorry to hear that! Without knowing the specific growing conditions, it's hard to say what happened but at Territorial our products are backed by our full guarantee! We want you, our customers, to be 100% satisfied with the seed, plants and supplies that you purchase from us. If anything you buy from Territorial proves to be unsatisfactory, we will either replace the item (if available) or refund the purchase price (up to 1 year from purchase), whichever you prefer. Contact our customer service (Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM Pacific Time) at either 800-626-0866 or

If I had to choose only one lettuce!

!this would be it! I planted these in February in the northern Sacramento Valley and they produced tons of delicious leaves all spring, finally bolting in mid-June. They're yummy and not bitter and are the prettiest lettuces I've ever seen! Like my title says, if I had to plant only one type of lettuce in my garden, it would be truchas.

keri w.
favorite lettuce this year

I got these seeds to use in my tower garden. This is the best tasting, most beautiful lettuce I have ever grown. I love it so much that 80% of my tower is now this Truchas romaine. I never tire of it - a true winner! Every seed so far has germinated (I'm more than half-way thru the pack) I recommend this lettuce big time. Can't vouch for how it does outdoors, but it is so awesome in my indoor tower garden. I will continue to purchase

Soil Temp for Germ 40–80°F
Seed Depth ⅛"
Seed Spacing 1"
Days to Emergence 2–15
Thin Plants to 10–16"
Row Spacing 16–18"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 800
Seed Life 3 years

Lactuca sativa

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Lettuce performs best in cool weather, 60-70°F, and grows in a wide range of soil types
• Plant as early as soil can be worked
• For extended harvest, plant every 2-3 weeks and choose heat-tolerant varieties for summer
• Lettuce seed can be sown every month from February—October
• A cold frame and cold-hardy varieties can stretch the spring and fall growing season into the winter months
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• 1 gram of seed will sow 30 row feet
• Consistent, even watering is critical for best results

Direct Sowing
• Use row cover to improve germination and prevent soil crusting
• As soon as 2-3 true leaves have formed, thin loose-leaf types to 10-14 inches apart; icebergs, butterheads, and romaines to 12-16 inches apart

• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date

Insects & Diseases
• Common pests: Aphids and slugs
• Pest control: Strong spray of water for aphids or applications of Pyrethrin or Neem oil, baits, traps, or Cabbage Collars for slugs

Harvest & Storage
• While picking individual leaves helps extend the season somewhat, all eventually become bitter as they begin to bolt

What is pelleted seed?
Seed that has been coated with a clay-based material to form a larger, round shape. This makes planting by hand or mechanical seeder easier and allows for more controlled sowing of small seeds such as carrots or lettuce. All pelleted seed has a National Organic Program (NOP) approved coating.
For best results, store pelleted seed in an air-tight container and use within one season.

What is seed tape?
Seed tapes are perfectly straight rows of precisely spaced crops. No more having to thin seedlings! This biodegradable tape will plant a row 5 meters (16 feet, 5 inches) long. Simply lay it in a furrow and cover with a light layer of sifted compost or soil, water and wait. Save yourself a heap of planting time with these popular vegetable and herb staples.

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
BR | Bottom Rot
DM* | Downy Mildew
F* | Fusarium Wilt
LD | Lettuce Drop
LMV* | Lettuce Mosaic Virus
Nr* | Lettuce Aphid
PM | Powdery Mildew
Rs | Corky Root
TBSV | Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (Lettuce Dieback Complex)
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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