Lettuce, Salad Bowl (Leaf)
Crisp and tender with a sweet flavor.
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 daysLeaf TextureFrillySunFull SunSpread6 inchesHeight9-15 inchesSow MethodDirect Sow/Indoor SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin8 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Lettuce, Salad Bowl (Leaf) is rated out of 5 by 3.Rated 4 out of 5 by CariLynn from Easy to Grow This was my first attempt to grow lettuce and I was pretty happy with the variety. It was very easy to grow. The seeds came up without any problem. It had the best taste early and became more bitter as the season progressed. I planted early in the spring and it produced into the middle of the summer before bolting. About 9 weeks ago I did a fall planting as well and they are just now ready to be harvested for the first time. I just start from the outside and remove a few leaves from each one and as it grows it keeps producing more leaves. I would have liked if the leaves were crunchier and less bitter but I suspect that those are common traits of leaf lettuce.Date published: 2014-10-15Rated 5 out of 5 by michell from ummmm I usually only grow flowers but last year for 2009 we decided to try growing vegetables in pots. I bought this and red lettuce bowl tried to grow them in a pot but they didn't grow so I poored the dirt out into the garden and they started growing I didn't do mulitple sowings but had lettuce clear up till the first freeze I would just pick a enough leaves for a salad and left it growing it has a really good taste and this was my first time growing lettuce. I just bought some more for the 2010 growing seasonDate published: 2010-03-20Rated 5 out of 5 by RitaPDX from Perfect for Cuttings or as a Head I bought an envelope of seeds from Target. Sprinkled few in a raised bed. I am extremely happy with these plants. You can wait and harvest the entire head, or my preferred method is to go outside once a week, cut few leaves and use them for salads or as greens in sandwiches. A month later, sprinkle some more seeds and here they are, no need to buy big bags of pre-washed lettuce to throw away before using.Date published: 2009-10-08