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Lettuce, Vivian Organic

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The taste of a romaine and the texture of a butterhead.

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Dark green, 16" long by 6" wide leaves combine the taste of a romaine and the texture of a butterhead for a whole new eating experience. Certified Organic Seed.
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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.

70 days

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.

8-12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8-12 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

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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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
70 days
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Spread
8-12 inches
Height
8-12 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
8 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Lettuce, Vivian Organic is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Growing, Good Tasting I Have enjoyed planting this lettuce this Fall growing season. It comes up well grows quickly. I have not had many lettuce plants actually form a head, mostly because I harvest a leaf at a time for making fresh salads. This lettuce does quite easily form heads though...despite my picking. Some of the lower leaves may yellow if not picked quickly, but all in all, I am quite happy with this lettuce.
Date published: 2013-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from delicious, large lettuce The flavor and texture are fantastic. Though I often harvested "early" when I wanted a lettuce to eat or give away, the ones I left in the ground from my Spring 2010 planting grew to the size of small toddlers. That was after sowing OUTDOORS during a typical Oklahoma spring, which does turn to a hot summer pretty quickly. In 2011, summer came TOO quickly, and I had to harvest them before they got so massive. (But if you garden anywhere near this part of the country, you don't need me to remind you about last summer.) They were all delicious nonetheless. I am ordering more today.
Date published: 2012-01-17
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