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Lettuce, Vivian

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This is one ceasar all of Rome would have loved!

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This medium to dark green leafed lettuce is actually a romaine with the texture of a butterhead. Vigorous plants grow quickly and produce giant 16" long by 6" wide heads. A real gem of the garden. Leaves may be picked younger if desired. Grow in full sun to partial shade in average, well-drained soil. Sow seed directly in garden after the chance of heavy frost has passed. As cool season plants, they can tolerate a light frost.
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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

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.

Smooth

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
70 days
Leaf Texture
Smooth
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, Vivian is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best summer lettuce! Our summers are extremely hot and I cannot grow most varieties of lettuce in the summer months. But, Vivian (old name: Giant Ceasar) is the exception. I plant it in the shade and it grows all summer long. It is tender and tasty. My family's favorite!
Date published: 2014-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from cabbage-y tasting I'm very disappointed in this variety. It grew well - nearly 3 feet high - but is awful tasting. The taste is cabbage-y and the texture is not crisp at all, again it's more like cabbage. Color is much bluer than in the photo.
Date published: 2011-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, long-season Lettuce I planted this in late October and began enjoying the outer leaves and thinned plants for a beautiful Christmas Day salad, even after several frosts. We have had continuous harvests since then. It is April 17, and my heads are showing the first signs of bolting, so I will be harvesting the rest of the crop today--that's four months of lettuce production, and I'm thrilled. The taste and texture are wonderful, much more flavorful and tender than a store bought Romaine. As a matter of fact, I shared some with my parents, and when they bought Romaine after that, they said that it seemed like there was something wrong with it--didn't take long to spoil them!! Vivian will be in my fall garden again.
Date published: 2011-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supremely tasty This lettuce lasted us half of the summer. Granted, we in Wisconsin don't have much of a summer, one that's about 3 months long, but it was still delicious time after time. We took the method of clipping leaves off of it continually, which enabled the plants to keep growing and keep the weeds down. After about 60 days, the plants began to bolt and taste somewhat bitter, but there weren't many leaves on them by that point anyway. Very tasty, easy to grow. Thumbs up.
Date published: 2008-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding in Pots Grew three plants in a 12 inch pot with a lot of compost and was amazed at the size all three grew to. Heads were from 14 to 17 inches with a wide buttery head.
Date published: 2008-06-20
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