Soil P H 6.0 to 7.0 - Sow seed in early Spring, as
soon as soil can be worked. This occurs about four weeks before
last expected Spring frost. Plant 1/8 inch deep in a wide row,
6 inches apart in all directions. Make sure soil contains a
good supply of nitrogen for good leaf production. Lettuce may
be started inside and transplanted into the garden for an
earlier crop. Lettuce needs cool weather to do well. In warm
weather, lettuce turns bitter and quickly goes to seed. Plant
every two weeks for a continuous harvest all summer long. Make
early plantings in full sun.
As soon as the weather warms up, start planting in partial
shade. During the summer, a good spot to grow lettuce is
against the house on the side that receives the morning sun, or
in the shade of taller vegetables in the garden. Weed
frequently, as lettuce has shallow roots and can't compete with
deep rooted weeds.
Make sure to plant lettuce in the fall, as it is extremely
productive at this time of the year. Lettuce can be grown in
containers, and does well in one with a soil depth of 9 to 12
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Health Benefits of Lettuce
All-America Winner. Extremely popular lettuce with luscious, buttery texture.
Soft heads are creamy yellow inside. Best in cooler regions. Compact heads with some heat resistance. Plant early in spring. Repeat every two weeks into fall. Protect from heat with shade cloth during summer. Likes fertile soil, ample water. Best when picked minutes before your meal. Space lettuce plants 8" apart.
IP165 Waldmann's Green
Dark green, frilled, ruffled leaves form an attractive head. Plants are vigorous and produce uniform heads of well-bunched, long, crumpled leaves. 49 days.
SF192 New Red Fire Lettuce
Medium large dark red, very uniform, ruffled leaf, slow bolting, heat tolerant, 48 days.
Great for mesclun or salad mixes. Leaves are tender, deeply cut, and pointed with a beautiful green color. The uniform plants produce tender leaves that resemble endive and have a rich, pleasant flavor. 45 days.
52 Days to maturity.
Brigitte has an upright growing plant type that produces dark burgundy-red leaves that are ideal for harvesting early for baby leaf. The attractive leaves are blistered and have serrated leaf edges. Brigitte has shown good holding ability in the field and adds striking color to any salad mix.
IP161 Summer Bibb
A variety developed from Kentucky Bibb, it is slower bolting and better adapted to Southern heat standing 2-3 weeks longer than original bibb. Medium green rosette head, deep waxy leaves, firm interior. Recommended for hotbed or greenhouse growing. 60 days.
IP160 Red Salad Bowl
Maroon-red, deeply cut and finely divided leaves, very attractive in tossed salad.
Red Salad Bowl is a long-standing, slow-to-bolt and early maturing lettuce that grows well all season and can be harvested over period of time. Its maroon-red, deeply cut and finely divided leaves are crisp and delicious and make an eye-catching addition mixed with green lettuce. Some tolerance to late-season mildew. 50 days.
IP159 Salad Bowl
An old time favorite, the Heirloom Green Salad Bowl Leaf Lettuce is slow to bolt and tolerant to heat. This "All-America Selection" winner from 1952 is delicious and does not get bitter as it matures. It is also a steady grower even in warmer climates. 50 days.
IP158 Parris Island COS
Hardy heirloom strain with sweet flavor and crisp texture.
Named after Parris Island, SC, this heirloom variety bred by the USDA and Clemson University was introduced in 1952. The sweet flavor and crisp texture have earned it a devoted following. Growing to about 10-12" tall, the large heads have deep green leaves that turn to a creamy yellowish-white at the heart. Highly disease resistant. 68 days.
Green and maroon leaves with excellent tenderness and flavor.
This loose-leaf lettuce has bright green, ruffled leave that are tinged with maroon. Leaves are tender with excellent flavor—pick immediately before a meal for a great salad. Grows best in cool weather but does well in heat and is slow to bolt. Plant it as a spring and fall crop. Likes fertile soil, ample water. 45 days.
IP167 Amish Deer Tongue
A wonderful old heirloom that is still extremely popular today. It holds up very well in the heat. The wonderfully tasty baby leaf is perfect for salads. Dark green triangular leaves have thin midribs, a lovely texture, a nutty flavour, and cover a crunchy inner heart. Amish Deer Tongue dates back to 1840.
Try planting some Amish Deer Tongue lettuce seeds in a patio container. Grow it in cold frames throughout the winter, and enjoy its tasty leaves in salads and sandwiches throughout the cold weather.
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SF107 Artic King
Arctic King is a variety of heirloom Butterhead lettuce. This Lettuce is very easy to grow and produces a light green crispy leaf. Arctic King gets its name from its ability to withstand frosts and the winter cold with minimal cover in zones 5-10. It is considered one of the hardiest of all lettuces
Arctic King can be planted in September or October in southern zones and grown as a winter crop. Plant as soon as the ground can be worked in spring in northern zones for an early spring crop or in late summer for a fall crop.
For a continuous season of Arctic King lettuce all summer, plant every 2-3 weeks. It is slow to bolt when the summer heat arrives and cutting will extend the growing season.
TRN394 Danyelle Baby Leaf
Deepest wine-red oakleaf, harvest 25 days as baby leaf, full, compact head, 50 days.
TPF210 Tom Thumb Lettuce
A miniature butterhead type lettuce producing tiny ( perfect
size for one person ) heads of sweet flavored lettuce.
Baby Greens/Salad Mixes
Baby greens (also called a "cut and come again" crop) are greens where you remove up to 75% of the leaves rather than remove the whole head. That way, you then allow it to regenerate for future harvesting.
Because you never allow them to grow to full maturity, you can grow them a lot closer together than in traditional farming. You will also see your first harvest in a few short weeks.
Growing this way will ensure that you get several good harvests out of each plant. You can stagger planting times for your greens so that you will always be flush with fresh leaves to harvest.
Here is a great information resource for growing baby greens.
3493 Micro Salad Mix Mild
Special blend of mild greens for baby green (BG) production, Mizuna, Cabbage, Kale, Kohlrabi, mostly green, some red.
3494 Spicy Micro Salad Mix
Easy-to-grow blend, we like growing them in small pots for quick salad makings.
A colorful blend of red and green mustards with various textures. Spicy flavor breaks up the mundane salad routine.
Multi Pelleted Seeds Lettuce and Blends
These unique multi-seeded pellets contain 5-7 seeds each of different lettuces for easy production of lettuce in small containers.
TRM869 SimplySalad Alfresco
35 Days. This mix has a true Mediterranean flavor and feel to it. The mix includes lettuces, arugula, endive and radicchio. Visually a stunning mix, with shades of green red and bronze.
These unique multi-seeded pellets contain 5-7 seeds each of different greens for easy production or baby leaf greens in a small container. A special benefit is that the various seeds in each pellet germinate right around the same time, ensuring that maturity is even at harvest time. These greens prefer a cooler climate for germination and growth, so bottom heat is not required. In a couple of weeks, baby greens are ready for harvest. When the plants reach 6" in height, the greens can be snipped 1" above the soil line. New growth regenerates in three weeks for a continual harvest and each planting can be harvested two to three times. Sow approximately 5-6 pellets/12" diameter container.
Bred by Dr. Baggett at Oregon State, the objective of Summertime was to develop a head lettuce that would mature in summer's heat without bolting and was also resistant to tip-burn and rib discoloration.
Consistently yields the highest percentage of usable heads in trials. Flavor is good and texture is very crisp.
These varieties are so popular for their flavor and color used to make healthy salads. Plant new seeds every two weeks for continuous supply of lettuce.