A rare, long-standing
heirloom leaf lettuce that has it all.
Our own strain, unavailable elsewhere.
The head in the picture sprouted from spilled seed in the gravel of our parking lot and made the head pictured in spite of 100-degree heat, compacted soil, and irregular water.
Takes cold equally well, thawing after overnight frosts with little damage.
Harvest leaf by leaf or as whole head. One customer took seven full cuttings from each of her plants one summer.
Oak-leaf bronze-red leaves with excellent flavor.
BOTANICAL NAME: Lactuca sativa
Start in flats or direct seed. Cold frames extend season. Fertile, composted soil that is loose, not too acid, well-drained, and in good tilth with adequate nitrogen and moisture promotes fast growth for best flavor. In hot climates, site plants where they will get morning sun only, like the east side of a house or to the north of taller crops. Or use shade cloth mid-day to keep plants cool. Pick outer leaves every 10 days or so, leaving a central rosette of 6-8 leaves. Or cut entire heads and plan on sowing every two weeks.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Annual/ C, W/Matures 6-12/Harvest 1-3/Yield 135-540/Spacing 8-9"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Easy to grow, tolerates winter cold, tolerates hot weather