Lettuce

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is an easy-to-grow, cool-season annual that is generally divided into four types: leaf, butterhead, romaine (cos), and crisphead (iceberg). Leaf lettuce produces loose, open heads of ruffled leaves. Butterhead makes tight heads of soft, tender leaves. Romaine forms upright heads of firm, crisp leaves. Iceberg produces crisp, mild-flavored tight heads. All types prefer moist, fertile soil & mild weather, romaine being the most tolerant of heat and the most nutritious. Lettuce is a familiar staple salad vegetable grown worldwide. It is high in vitamin A and folic acid. Direct sow in spring or autumn, or start indoors - lettuce transplants very well. Sow it thickly and eat the thinnings.

Arianna Batavian Lettuce
Arianna Batavian LettucePacket: 1 gram, ~600 seeds More info1420 available
A Batavian type lettuce (Lactuca sativa) with an open-head and crisp succulent green leaves. If you are in search of a lettuce with heat tolerance and summer succulence, look no further than Arianna. 28 days. Annual.
$3.75
Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
Black Seeded Simpson LettucePacket (1 gram, ~600 seeds) More info720 available
Black Seeded Simpson (Lactuca sativa) is an easy to grow leaf lettuce and is the backbone of the lettuce mix for Mano Farm‰۪s CSA. åÊA reliable heavy yielder of succulent, light-green, semi-crinkled leaves. åÊVery quick to mature. åÊNot as heat or cold tolerant as Parris Island, but faster and heavier yielding. åÊBest suited for spring/fall sowing. åÊ 28 days. Annual
$3.75
Buttercrunch Lettuce
Buttercrunch LettucePacket: 1 gram, ~600 seeds More info1197 available
Buttercrunch (Lactuca sativa) is an archetypal butterhead type lettuce with compact heads of mild-flavored, juicy, dark green leaves. Delicious, crisp stems and soft outer leaves melt in your mouth like butter. The full sized heads are slow to bolt. 28 days. Annual.
$3.75
Chrystal Batavian Lettuce
Chrystal Batavian LettucePacket: 1 gram, ~600 seeds More info427 available
Chrystal (Lactuca sativa) is a Batavian type lettuce with purplish red outer leaves leaves and a light green, crispy heart. An excellent choice for summer-grown lettuce, Batavian type varieties have the most heat tolerance and are the best tasting option for hot weather. Harvest young for salad mixes or allow to mature for lettuce heads. 28 days from seed to harvest. Annual. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Lettuce Mix
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Lettuce MixPacket: ~500 seeds (0.75 gram) More info277 available
This mixture is composed of four lettuce (Lactuca sativa) varieties: two leaf types (Red Sails, Black Seeded Simpson) and two headed (Freckles Romaine and Parris Island Romaine). The beauty of this mix is its dynamism. While we primarily grow and harvest the plants for bagged lettuce, it’s possible to sow seeds a bit thicker, harvest the leaf varieties, and keep the romaine types for full sized heads. It’s a good all-season selection, due to the staggered growth rates of the specific varieties: the faster growing Black Seeded Simpson and Red Sails are perfect for early harvests in the summer (but grab them fast, because they bolt quicker in the heat), while the romaine’s get their time to mature for full head harvests. During cooler seasons, the leaf varieties are slower to bolt and can be harvested for full sized heads, while the romaines work excellently for baby leaf harvests. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75
Freckles Romaine Lettuce
Freckles Romaine LettucePacket: 1 gram, ~600 seeds More info779 available
Freckles Romaine Lettuce (Lactuca sativa), so-called for its beautiful spotted red-on-green leaf pattern. Heads up a little less uniform than Parris Island Romaine, but is worth it for the flavor and beauty. We regularly grow this lettuce for our community supported agriculture shares, and use it much like green romaine: harvesting baby heads for bagged baby salad mixes and full sized heads later on. 40 days baby, 60 days head. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Parris Island Romaine Lettuce
Parris Island Romaine LettucePacket: 1 gram, ~600 seeds More info415 available
Parris Island Cos (Lactuca sativa) is THE classic, large, sweet and crisp Romaine lettuce. Very popular with market growers ‰ÛÒ and for good reason. This is a vigorous, upright-growing, dark-green romaine that has been remarkably heat-tolerant here at Mano Farm‰Û_staying sweet and succulent through 100-degree days! Performs even better during the cold months in mild-winter climates. Excellent staple lettuce for heads or chop. åÊ 28 days baby, 55 days full-size head. Annual
$3.75
Red Sails Lettuce
Red Sails LettucePacket: 1 gram, ~600 seeds More info247 available
Red Sails (Lactuca sativa) is an award-winning leaf-lettuce with ruffled, burgundy-to-green leaves that are crisp and delicious. This variety is a staple in our Community Supported Agriculture planting mix ‰ÛÒ the ruffled heads up to 12 inches across make it a real bag filler. Red Sails is somewhat tolerant to heat and resistant to early bolting; it holds well in the field. 30 days baby. 55 days full head. Annual.
$3.75
Rouge d'Hiver Red Romaine Lettuce
Rouge d'Hiver Red Romaine LettucePacket (1 gram, ~600 seeds) More info652 available
Rouge d'Hiver (Lactuca sativa) is an heirloom romaine-type lettuce hailing from France. Its name translates to ‰ÛÏRed of Winter,‰۝ as cold weather really brings out the deep-red color. This variety is popular for cut baby lettuce, although it will form beautiful romaine heads. Slightly lighter-textured leaves than Parris Island Romaine. 30 days baby leaf. 60 days head. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
$3.75
Speckled Butterhead Lettuce
Speckled Butterhead LettucePacket (1 gram, ~600 seeds) More info
Description Detailed Growing Information Video Speckled Butterhead (Lactuca sativa) is a German heirloom from the early 1800s, brought to the United States by the Mennonites. This is a gorgeous lettuce‰Û_ green leaves with reddish speckles, and a nice tight central head. Butterheads are our favorite eating lettuce, and Speckled Butterhead is our favorite variety of this kind. The texture of the leaves is a combination of delicate softness and crisp/moist that is unique to butterheads. Speckled is a sweet variety, rarely bitter. 40 days baby, 60 mature. Annual. Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is one of the most consumed vegetables in America‰Û_it‰۪s surprising that it isn‰۪t grown more in the home garden. We consider it one of the easier vegetables to grow, and nothing is quite like a salad of fresh-from-the-garden lettuce. There are a few different types of lettuce that are all essentially grown the same way: butterhead; cos (romaine); loose-leaf; iceberg. Lettuce is considered a tender annual that grows seed to seed in one growing season. Some varieties may tolerate a light frost, but a hard freeze will certainly kill lettuce. It is fast growing ‰ÛÒ producing quite quickly in the right conditions. Lettuce prefers evenly moist, fertile soil and full sun in all but the hottest conditions. Partial shade is ideal if you‰۪re attempting to grow it in the heat of the summer in hot climes. Lettuce doesn‰۪t demand highly fertile soil, but if nutrients are available ‰ÛÒ particularly nitrogen ‰ÛÒ lettuce will grow faster, be less prone to pest predation & disease, and some would say be more delicious. Our favorite way to grow lettuce is to start the seeds indoors (or in a greenhouse) in multi-celled flats. Lettuce is probably the easiest vegetable to transplant, and shows little if any transplant shock. Sow 3-5 seeds per cell if you plan to thin out close-growing seedlings (as we do), or 2-3 seeds per cell if you desire a single plant per cell to plant out. Lettuce seeds are ‰Û÷light-dependent‰۪ germinators, so sow those seeds just barely under the surface of the soil, making sure to not let the soil surface dry out at all during germination. We suggest ‰Û÷pushing‰۪ the small seedlings a bit with a daily, light application of fish emulsion. We use Neptune‰۪s Harvest fish and kelp‰Û_good stuff. When lettuce seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, transplant them into well-loosened garden soil that has been amended with finished compost or a broad-spectrum organic fertilizer. If you plan to be readily harvesting a lot of lettuce (as we do here), the starts can be tucked together pretty tight: 4-6‰۝ apart for romaine (tall head); 6-8‰۝ apart for the others (spreading habit). As the lettuce grows up, thin 1-2 plants from a cluster of 3-4 (all from a single ‰Û÷cell,‰۪ remember). This way of planting lettuce allows for an early harvest or two of not-quite-mature thinnings, and leaves a final plant or two in each space to grow to maturity now with more elbow room from the thinning! We‰۪re able to harvest a full bag of chopped lettuce for 25 CSA members every week for more than a month from 200 sq. ft! Brilliant! If you plan on growing only a small handful of lettuce plants, it may be beneficial to give the starts a bit more space (8-10‰۝ apart) that will allow them to breathe a bit, and have more root-space, water & nutrients to grow healthfully to maturity‰Û_perhaps beyond. It‰۪s also a good idea to space the plants farther apart if you live in a humid/rainy climate ‰ÛÒ good air circulation is essential to avoiding disease in lettuce crops. Lettuce likes water ‰ÛÒ especially if it‰۪s growing in hot temps. If the soil is allowed to dry out, the lettuce leaves themselves will become dry and lose their crispy texture and sweet flavor. On the flipside, you don‰۪t want to overwater lettuce either, which will influence rot & disease. Your watering interval will depend on many factors: sun exposure, soil type/texture, weather, etc‰Û_you‰۪ll just have to experiment and observe ‰÷¼. For detailed information on saving lettuce seed, visit http://www. seedalliance. org/download-form-7/.