(Lactuca sativa) Lettuce is native from the Mediterranean to Siberia, appreciated as an edible plant since ancient times. Lettuce is a cool and cold weather green that does require cooler temperatures to grow really well. Extreme heat will cause bolting and bitter flavor. You can direct sow seeds in the early spring, as soon as soil can be worked. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep. The seeds sprout and grow whenever mild weather predominates, but their ideal germination temperature is 60-70F. Alterantively, you can start seeds indoors and set out acclimated seedlings 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost date. Succession plant lettuce for a continual crop, but avoid long days and heat of early-mid summer. You can resume your succession sowing for fall once the heat has subsided, about 4-7 weeks before the first predicted frost of the season. Spacing will vary depending on the type of lettuce grown. Loose leaf types can be seeded densely and thinned to about 4 inches per plant. Heading types should be spaced about 8-12 inches apart. Lettuce may be grown right through the winter where the weather is mild, or under row cover, cold frames, etc.
A blazing blend of rich red and purple varieties, this lettuce blend is likely the most colorful, flavorful and nutritious selection on the market. We have selected our favorite anthocyanin-rich varieties to make the most colorful salad blend possible. With increasing awareness of the importance of eating a rainbow of colors for nutrition, we have assembled a home or market gardener’s best choices for nutrient density, gourmet flavor and beauty. Many rare strains are included in this blend. Grow this for extra flavor, vitamins and beauty!
An amazing blue-green beauty! Our most heat-resistant lettuce, this giant variety keeps producing massive, crisp leaves right through our Missouri summer! This famous south China lettuce variety reaches 4 feet tall and allows multiple harvests. The young tender leaves are excellent for salad, while the larger leaves are supreme for cooking and stir fry! Thrives in warm weather and has beautiful thick blue leaves, which are delicious cooked. Good year-round lettuce and super heat tolerant!
The reddest of the reds, this stunning variety was bred and introduced by Frank Morton in 1998. The lightly ruffled, shiny leaves add a vibrant burst of color and crisp, sweet flavor to any salad. In August of 2015, Outredgeous became the first vegetable to be grown and eaten on the International Space Station! Outrageous!