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Lettuce, Green Ice

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A customer favorite since it was introduced in the late 1960s and still the sweetest lettuce in our trials.

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Green Ice is Burpee bred and still the sweetest lettuce in our trials. Gorgeous texture too. Large clusters of rich green, ruffled leaves.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

45 days

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.


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

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  • Lettuce

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: Apr-04 - Last Date: May-16
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Apr-04
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17
    First Date: Apr-04 - Last Date: May-16

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
45 days
Leaf Texture
Full Sun, Part Sun
6 inches
9-15 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
8 inches
Lettuce, Green Ice is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The queen of Lettuce I have planted this lettuce for many years. Each year I get a huge crop. The flavor is amazing and the leaves are strong and stay crisper than any other lettuce I have tried. My customers rave about the flavor and ask me where I got it. Burpee is the best!
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best lettuce! This lettuce grows tall and strong. The medium green leaves stay crispy and curly. Our family gets better yields from this than we have with other leaf lettuce. The yields are so good that we use less than half of the space we previously did to get a constant supply of lettuce even through the hot weather. This lettuce will be a staple in our future gardens. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really nice lettuce The stem part of the leaf beats my favorite romaine hearts or iceberg, the outer part of the leaf is delicate and sweet. You could make two distinct salads or enjoy the contrast in your salad. Gourmet and easy to grow. I grew them at about 1" spacing without thinning and had loads of mini heads. Very productive.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent First lettuce I ever planted but was thrilled with the results. I planted about 10 feet of this lettuce and was overwhelmed with its production. The lettuce had excellent flavor and texture and was found to work as well on a sandwich as it did in salad. My mother told me that this lettuce brought back memeories of the lettuce my grandfather used to grow. For that reason and its overall quality I will be planting this again next year.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Green Ice Lettuce I have never grown lettuce before. This was easy, fast and according to my wife "delicious" I gave some to 2 other neighbors and they were all amazed at the fresh garden taste. I am ordering more to grow indoors so my wife will have plenty for the winter months ahead. By the way, NO I didn't thin it out except for the picking and eating of it, I didn't have to!!! Great stuff and I thought fun to grow.
Date published: 2010-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Lettuce I planted this Lettuce and it has grown and grown , it is so good . My husband and I have chefs salads out of our garden.Awesome taste , Awesome product.
Date published: 2010-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down, our favorite lettuce No matter what other varieties I plant each year, Green Ice is always the first to germinate. This lettuce always flourishes for me, and it's by far the best textured and best tasting lettuce I've ever grown. The flavor is consistently sweet and delicious, too; I've never encountered a single bitter leaf. Green Ice is a staple in my garden every single year. It's the perfect lettuce for salads and sandwiches and will become your favorite as well!
Date published: 2010-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only Lettuce We Grow This is one plant we never give away because it's so good we eat it all ourselvs! It is the only kind we grow now. It is more flavorful, without being bitter than iceburg. It keeps crisp for several days after picking. Plant it every few weeks so you have it all year. This way it can be timed to be ripe with those wonderful tomatoes you long for all summer. The plants require little care. Just plant and make sure they get watered. In hot weather they do bolt at times. Pick early and often. We usually get a number of large baskets of lettuce for each pack of seeds. We just plant in a stragit row and snip them with scizzors. They quickly grow again. Just be sure to cut them before they get thick. If the center becomes "milky" it is too late and it will be bitter. It's so easy to pick we usually go out right before we eat and pick what we want for that meal.
Date published: 2009-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Lettuce I love this lettuce. It's crispy but with much more flavor than others and grows well even in the heat. Sort of a cross between iceberg and leaf lettuce. I used to live in OK but am now in MN (!!) and it grows equally well in both climates.
Date published: 2006-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This lettuce is a keeper! After several sorry attempts at growing lettuce (zone 9...and summer heat always arrives early in our neck of the woods!) this one has flourished. The small patch has kept us and our family and friends supplied with the sweetest, most delicious lettuce I have ever tasted. Simply wonderful!
Date published: 2006-04-21
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