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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4BUR42 Burpee's Black-Seeded Simpson Looseleaf ( From
Burpee Seed Co. )
Heirloom. Even after
150 years it's one of the most tender leaf lettuces.
45 days. Hugely popular for over 150 years, it's one of the
most tender and delicately flavored leaf lettuces ever bred.
The ruffled leaves are large with an appealing green color.
"Simpson" is well adapted to a wide range of climates and is
still the best for early spring sowing.
4BUR38 Burpee's Bibb Butterhead ( From Burpee Seed Co. }
The sweetest Bibb lettuce ever!
Soft heads are creamy yellow inside. Best in cooler regions.
75days. The sweetest Bibb lettuce ever! The tender, dark green
outer leaves are tinged with brown. Slow-bolting. Burpee
4BUR36 Burpee's Salad Bowl ( From Burpee Seed Co. }
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.
4BUR112 Burpee's Iceberg A ( From Burpee Seed Co. )
Introduced in 1894, it defined a whole new class of lettuce.
Crisp firm leaves grow in compact, medium-sized heads. Light green fringed and heavily ruffled outer leaves with hearts that blanch to silvery white. Grows best in cool weather. The classic crisphead lettuce. Ready to harvest 85 days after sowing seeds.
W168 Emerald-Ruby Duo
Blend of emerald green baby butterhead with ruffled red mini-leaf, compact, ideal for color bowl on patio, delicious eating, 60 days.
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TPF210 Tom Thumb Lettuce
A miniature butterhead type lettuce producing tiny ( perfect
size for one person ) heads of sweet flavored lettuce.
Mid-size mid-green firm head, tender leaf, slow bolting, resists tip burn, heat tolerant, 55 days.
Nursery Trade Packs
TRM177 Australian Yellow
Bright glossy yellow, heat tolerant, crisp, for bold salads, 58 days.
TRM178 Blushed Icy Oak
Crisp bright pink blushed tri-lobed leaf, juicy midribs, lots of flavor, 60 days.
Heirloom, "red celtus", open head, elongated purple tipped leaf, vigorous, very unusual, 60 days.
Broad, frilly loose-leaf, crimson flame-like hue, holds color, slow bolting, 50 days.
Very dark red, very compact, lightweight, resists downy mildew, baby 30 days, full size 58 days.
Heirloom frilled dark red oakleaf, highly productive, great flavor, slow bolter, strong disease resistance, 58 days.
Deep purple, fuzzy edge, crisp open head, savoyed leaf, resists mildew, frost tolerant, 58 days.
TRM185 Red Velvet
Darkest red leaf, bottom is maroon with green tinge, slow bolting 7" x 12" head, looseleaf, 55 days.
Brick red oakleaf, crisp, compact, very tasty, fresh market favorite, 58 days.
4BUR47 Burpee's Mesclun Sweet Salad Mix ( From Burpee
Seed Co. )
Beautiful blend of Heirloom greens.
A tender, mild flavored blend of leaf veggies for early spring
salads. Mouth watering, time-tested heirloom varieties in red
(Ruby lettuce, Bull's Blood beet) and bright green (Bloomsdale
spinach, Simpson lettuce, Tendergreen mustard). Plant them and
then pick them all together, starting when the leaves are about
3" long. As beautiful in the garden as they are sweet in the
salad bowl. 35 days. Full sun. Burpee Exclusive.