Radicchio? Or Lettuce?

“I ordered Radicchio from Pinetree Seeds and had this grow. It looks like lettuce to me. I didn’t plant all the seeds and what was left in the package looks like radicchio. I have grown both radicchio and lettuce for at least 40 years.

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Hi Vlad,

Thank you for the email regarding your radicchio. Actually, your radicchio looks like some I have grown in the past.  Some varieties of radicchio is green to begin and then will have the red head form in the middle (where you see more red coloration in the photo).

I want to make sure this is clear: your radicchio seed did not grow lettuce. It just doesn’t work that way. You may already know that, but there are a lot of people out there that do not and will start to cook up horticultural conspiracy theories about it.

If it were me growing this, I would not be concerned. You do have radicchio.

If you are still in doubt, I would take a picture of the seeds you have remaining in the package and contact Pinetree Seeds. You have the proof of what was in the package and what grew in it’s place.

Thanks for the question. Let me know how it works out!


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