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Lettuce, Prizeleaf

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Green and maroon leaves with excellent tenderness and flavor.

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This loose-leaf lettuce has bright green, ruffled leave that are tinged with maroon. Leaves are tender with excellent flavor-pick immediately before a meal for a great salad. Grows best in cool weather but does well in heat and is slow to bolt. Plant it as a spring and fall crop. Likes fertile soil, ample water. Space lettuce plants 8" apart. 500 seeds per packet, will plant about 30' of row.
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Product properties

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

48 days

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.

Frilly

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
48 days
Leaf Texture
Frilly
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, Prizeleaf is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and tender lettuce I waited quite a while to plant this... tend to buy more lettuce varieties than I could ever plant in one season. These seeds were 3 years old when I put them in the ground in mid-January. They have been kept in a zip-loc bag in the refrigerator. Today I have a healthy stand of Prizeleaf in my square Foot Garden. They are planted 16 per square foot and about 2-3 times/week I pick the largest one or two leaves from each plant. I was drawn to the "slow to bolt" claim and this will be tested since we have already seen temps in the high 70s (San Francisco Bay area). This is a handsome plant in the ground and sooo tender.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful cool weather treat This lettuce was a great producer through several light frosts. We had a particularly cold winter in Central Florida. Most of my garden had not made it through some early December frosts, but there was plenty of tasty, Prizeleaf for our Christmas Eve salad. I will be planting more in the fall this year.
Date published: 2011-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True Prize This is the most outstanding lettuce I have ever grown. It is the most vigorous, fastest growing of all I have tested against it. It truly produces in the heat. It gets very hot and humid in Indiana. It is also the best in cool weather. It is very healthy and has a very appealing good look with it's reddish and green leaves. I love growing different lettuces and this one has become number one on my list. I cannot pick out one single weakness for this great lettuce. It is a true Prizeleaf.
Date published: 2006-08-27
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