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Lettuce, Fordhook Favorites Blend

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Exceptional taste, robust colors and long harvest time.

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Popular loose-leaf lettuce blend, this combination is known for its exceptional taste, robust colors and long harvest time. Harvest young leaves as early as 25 days after sowing.
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Days To Maturity

45-50 days

Sun

Full Sun

Spread

10-12 inches

Height

10-12 inches

Sow Method

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

Planting Time

Fall, Spring

Sow Time

2-4 weeks BLF

Thin

10 inches

Life Cycle

Annual

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  • How to Sow

    • Sow lettuce seeds in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop. Sow in late summer for fall crop.
    • Sow every two weeks to extend harvests.
    • In late summer, sow in a protected are that stays below 75 degrees F.
    • Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
    • Folow the spacing recommended on the seed packet for specific varieties.
    • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
    • Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days.

    How to Grow

    • Thin to stand 8 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.
    • Keep lettuce plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.
    • Lettuce is shallow-rooted, so avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
    • Unless there is regular rainfall, lettuce plants must be watered deeply at least once a week and more frequent during periods of drought.
    • Mulch your home garden with a layer of compost or clean straw to help the soil retain moisture.

    Harvest and Preserving Tips

    • For the best quality, pick lettuce early rather than late as lettuce allowed to grow too long may be bitter and tough.
    • Try to harvest in the morning when the leaves are crisp, sweet, and full of moisture.
    • Harvest looseleaf types anytime the leaves are large enough to use.
    • Harvest butterhead types when they have formed heads and the leaves are a good size.
    • Cut the heads below the crown.
    • On leaf types, you can just pick a few leaves at a time, if you like.
    • Store for 5-7 days in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Many gardeners wrap leaves in moist paper towels.
    • Lettuce is a classic ingredient in salads. It adds crispness to sandwiches and can be used as a garnish, braised, or added to soups. Many of the looseleaf cultivars are also decorative in the garden.
  • Days To Maturity
    45-50 days
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Spread
    10-12 inches
    Height
    10-12 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
    Planting Time
    Fall, Spring
    Sow Time
    2-4 weeks BLF
    Thin
    10 inches
    Life Cycle
    Annual
  • Lettuce, Fordhook Favorites Blend is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful variety This blend allowed us to try lettuces we'd never grown before. Especially liked the red-leaf and oak-leaf varieties. We've eaten plenty and still have enough for huge party salads. All our lettuce now grows in the cage we built several years back. It provides great protection from varmints. Here's a photo when it was full of Burpee Buttercrunch Lettuce ~2011. This week it's been in the mid-90s so it's covered with shade cloth.
    Date published: 2013-07-01
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