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Lettuce, Gourmet Blend

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Our popular looseleaf blend, selected for a long harvest.

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Gourmet Blend features a tasty and colorful mix of five looseleafs in shades from green to red and textures from oakleaf to tightly ruffled. Fast-growing, tender, colorful and tolerant of hot weather, our popular looseleaf blend is selected for a long harvest. Grows best in cool weather and can be planted in early spring or grown as a fall crop. Protect from heat with shade cloth. Likes fertile soil, ample water. Best when picked minutes before your meal. Space lettuce plants 8" apart.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


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

45-50 days

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.


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

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: Apr-04 - Last Date: May-16
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Apr-04
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17
    First Date: Apr-04 - Last Date: May-16

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
45-50 days
Leaf Texture
Full Sun, Part Sun
6 inches
9-15 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
8 inches
Lettuce, Gourmet Blend is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Blend I've grown for 5 years. It's a great mix, great tasting spring salads and sandwiches toller. My favorite. I rip it you in May once weather is hot as it becomes bitter and bolts. I don't think there's 5 varieties. This year only seemed like 2 or 3 varieties
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste I planted this early spring and then did several plantings at 7 day intervals. This is the best tasting lettuce! However I did plant it in July and it did not even was really hot at the time. Will plant early again next spring. Love the different variety of the lettuce. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellant Variety We planted the first bag of seeds in beginning of May and had salad from end of May to beginning of August. There was enough lettuce to feed 2 families many salads during the week. Ordered another pack to plant end of August for a fall harvest & not one seed came up. Do not know what the problem was but was very disappointed.
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best looseleaf lettuce I growed this gourmet lettuce for the first time this spring and I was very impressed with it. Planted it in late spring due to renovation of my garden and we harvested from June till mid August. Planted again in the same spot and we still harvest to this day and looks really well. It is very tasty but you know how taste may be different from one person to the other. Also it has shade after 2 PM which helps cool it down in the middle of the summer. We used it in salads toghether with tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, avocadoes etc. Highly recommended to anyone.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic crop! This is my first time growing lettuces. I'm very happy with the Gourmet Blend. It looks like every seed sprouted, even the ones I accidentally dropped outside the garden. In no time at all, there were beautiful leaves to harvest, and the salads I've made with them are delicious and healthy. A lot of my other crops have been plagued by insect pests, but these lettuces don't seem to attract any pests at all. It's mid-October now, and the weather is turning cooler, but we've had no frosts yet, so I don't know how the lettuces will perform after a frost. My family is certainly enjoying them for now. I will definitely grow these again next spring.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not totally successful I've done 3 plantings of the variety so far this year. The early spring planting did not germinate well, 2nd planting was a bit better, and the 3rd planting came in very nicely. However, only 3 varieties of the 5 promised have grown. There's much light green oak leaf, some red oak leaf and some curly Romaine with red tinged edges. I'll plant some more for the fall.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps on coming Whilst the varieties do mature at slightly different times, successional sowing will still permit a full mix in each salad bowl. I sowed thinly last year, 3 times & still have some seeds for this year plus in marginal garden self seeded. We have a good wild lettuce bed in our abandoned garden patch! These add a little style & taste to any meal.
Date published: 2010-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice Great tasting and grew very well. We could've done a few plantings of these so we could have fresh salad all summer.
Date published: 2009-09-04
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