Lettuce, Gourmet Blend
Our popular looseleaf blend, selected for a long harvest.
Days To Maturity
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
2-4 weeks BLF
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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 Maturity45-50 daysLeaf TextureMixedSunFull SunSpread6 inchesHeight9-15 inchesSow MethodDirect Sow/Indoor SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin8 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Lettuce, Gourmet Blend is rated out of 5 by 7.Rated 5 out of 5 by Jardin from Best looseleaf lettuce I growed this gourmet lettuce for the first time this spring and I was very impressed with it. Planted it in late spring due to renovation of my garden and we harvested from June till mid August. Planted again in the same spot and we still harvest to this day and looks really well. It is very tasty but you know how taste may be different from one person to the other. Also it has shade after 2 PM which helps cool it down in the middle of the summer. We used it in salads toghether with tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, avocadoes etc. Highly recommended to anyone.Date published: 2014-10-23Rated 5 out of 5 by TNgardener from Fantastic crop! This is my first time growing lettuces. I'm very happy with the Gourmet Blend. It looks like every seed sprouted, even the ones I accidentally dropped outside the garden. In no time at all, there were beautiful leaves to harvest, and the salads I've made with them are delicious and healthy. A lot of my other crops have been plagued by insect pests, but these lettuces don't seem to attract any pests at all. It's mid-October now, and the weather is turning cooler, but we've had no frosts yet, so I don't know how the lettuces will perform after a frost. My family is certainly enjoying them for now. I will definitely grow these again next spring.Date published: 2014-10-22Rated 3 out of 5 by Katalou from Not totally successful I've done 3 plantings of the variety so far this year. The early spring planting did not germinate well, 2nd planting was a bit better, and the 3rd planting came in very nicely. However, only 3 varieties of the 5 promised have grown. There's much light green oak leaf, some red oak leaf and some curly Romaine with red tinged edges. I'll plant some more for the fall.Date published: 2013-07-26Rated 5 out of 5 by Neillb from Keeps on coming Whilst the varieties do mature at slightly different times, successional sowing will still permit a full mix in each salad bowl. I sowed thinly last year, 3 times & still have some seeds for this year plus in marginal garden self seeded. We have a good wild lettuce bed in our abandoned garden patch! These add a little style & taste to any meal.Date published: 2010-05-30Rated 5 out of 5 by Kendra from Very nice Great tasting and grew very well. We could've done a few plantings of these so we could have fresh salad all summer.Date published: 2009-09-04Rated 5 out of 5 by Louise from Gourmet Blend Lettuce This blend was not only a good performer and tasty, but it is standing up well in this 100+ heat. Doesn't seem to bolt and doesn't get bitter. I have a mass of it planted in a 1/2 wine barrel with shade from the corn row in the late afternoon. Seems to love it. I am re-ordering this seed as it is a winner for me.Date published: 2009-07-26Rated 5 out of 5 by cornbread from wow!!! grows and grows This is the best I've seen here in florida. Temps above 80 in April already and still growing strong. Great taste, no bugs, and no signs of slowing down. We can't eat enough salads to keep up.Date published: 2009-04-09