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Mesclun, Classic Mix Organic

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Sweet lettuces and tangy, tender greens are pre-mixed in just the right proportions.

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The French approach to salad greens ("mesclun" means "mixture"). Sweet lettuces and tangy, tender greens are pre-mixed in just the right proportions as you pick them from your garden. This classic mesclun is a feast for the eyes and a gourmet treat. It includes arugula, chervil, endive, mache, four lettuces (Oak Leaf, Prizeleaf, Red Salad Bowl, Green Ice), radicchio and upland cress. Grows best in cool weather and full sun to partial shade. We searched the world to find the best organic seed-Burpee fully guarantees that not a drop of synthetic chemicals was used to make these excellent seeds. 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.

30-50 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.

6 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8-10 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

  • For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather after danger of frost. Mesclun will not germinate at temperatures over 80 degrees F.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Sow in average soil in full sun in mid spring for the first crop and again in late summer for a fall crop. When sowing in late summer, plant in a protected area when temperatures are below 75 degrees F.
  • In rows 12 inches apart, sow seed directly in the ground ¼ inch deep and cover with fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Or, broadcast the seeds in the bed.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Plant every 2 weeks to extend harvest time.
  • Thin gradually to stand 6 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding as plants are shallow rooted.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Begin harvesting all mixes about 30 days after germination.
  • When the plants are 4-5 inches tall, cut them about 1 inch above the ground, then water the bed with compost tea.
  • Many mescluns will resprout in about 20 days and may be cut again. You can harvest entire plants as soon as they are large enough to be used, then replant the bed.
  • After harvest, immerse in cold water, and then pat dry. Store in sealed plastic bags and refrigerate.
Days To Maturity
30-50 days
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Spread
6 inches
Height
8-10 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
1 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Mesclun, Classic Mix Organic is rated 2.75 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected Bought and planted this. Was really looking forward to the mix. Came out 100% Arugula. So disappointing. :(
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-time favorite mesclun I have been growing mesclun for 20 years and just tried this mix last year. It is after one year (and 3 plantings) my all-time favorite mesclun mix. I grow it early in the year, through the summer and now well into early winter. It definately does best in spring or fall. I planted a raised bed with the classic mix in mid-August and we're still harvesting it in late November. Before the first frost I covered it with hoops and clear plastic. Last night it was down to 17 F, but the mesclun is fine. It should go to about Christmas. I love the mix of flavor , texture, and color in the classic mix. It's my wife and daughter's favorite mix as well. Had no trouble with germination. Some members of the mix take longer to germinate than others, but it all came up and we were harvesting after about 4 weeks. This is a very productive mix and the arugala is a particularly nice large leafed variety.
Date published: 2010-11-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what was claimed I planted all the seeds and the following WAS NOT in the mix: Endive Radicchio Red Salad Bowl Oak Leaf Here is what grew that was not listed: Mache Chervil (not very good)
Date published: 2009-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yummy Salads! This is the third year I've been growing this stuff and I love it! When it's growing well I have more salad greens than I know what to do with - often give bunches away to family. Love that it's organic too!
Date published: 2006-08-31
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