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Lettuce, Four Seasons

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Remarkable cold hardiness. Perfect for early spring and fall/winter harvests.

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Heirloom. The name alludes to the remarkable cold hardiness of this very beautiful 6" butterhead. It's still one of the best lettuces, both for early spring planting and for fall/winter harvests. Outer leaves are tinged with red. Inner leaves are creamy yellow.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

54 days

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.

Smooth

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

9-15 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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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.
  • Follow 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 frequently during periods of drought.
  • Mulch 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
54 days
Leaf Texture
Smooth
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Spread
6 inches
Height
9-15 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
8 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Lettuce, Four Seasons is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious and Nice Color Addition to the Garden! Very easy-to-grow in Autumn in the Pacific Northwest and lasted well into winter outdoors. Tender, flavorful leaves were excellent in salads and sandwiches. Planted a row in a new garden bed and have many plants coming up in March! I'm excited!
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performer I grew this for the first time this spring and fall. Not only does it look great but the taste if excellent. I'm a small grower and the several customers I provided this for raved about it. It's a winner.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful & Hardy! Planted seedlings in early Oct. grew throughout the winter with a fabric cover, we harvested leaves intermittenly. Now at the end of April the plants are growing vigorously and are beautiful, very impressed! Handsome addition to the garden and family and friends are jealous of how early i have been eating lettuce from the garden!
Date published: 2011-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Workhorse Lettuce Wow! It's April 17, and I'm sad to say that I will be harvesting my remaining Four Seasons today. This lettuce has been the top producer of my Fall Florida garden. We began enjoying thinnings and outer leaves in mid-December from our late October planting. Several mild frosts didn't phase it. VERY flavorful, beautiful in the garden and on the plate. It will be difficult to wait until fall to enjoy more.
Date published: 2011-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy, easy, easy! This is the first time I have grown Lettuce and I am pleasantly surprised with how fast and easy these seeds grew! After the temperature dropped a little lower for more than a couple of days they seemed to be growing even better than before. I planted more seeds several weeks after the first batch and they are doing quite well also. The bigger the leaves get, the more red color comes out in them!
Date published: 2010-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh, yes, you can! I have never raised lettuce before. Coming from a large farm in the south, I was always told lettuce was difficult to raise. But this lettuce is remarkablly easy to grow and keeps giving a bountiful harvest all summer long. Everyone in the neighborhood has enjoyed it. It makes beautifully colored heads that can accent any flower garden. If I can grow it, anyone can! ENJOY!
Date published: 2006-08-09
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