Lettuce Grown from Seeds
Black Seed Simpson - The most popular loose-leaf lettuce for home gardens everywhere! Its frilled, crumpled leaves are attractive, crisp, tender and appetizing. A vigorous grower, high in vitamins A and B. Cool weather vegetable. This packet will plant approximately a 110 foot row.
Grand Rapids - Large, frilly, bright green leaves are tender and sweet. Upright plants grow quickly. Slower to bolt than other loose-leaf varieties. High in vitamins A and B. This packet will plant approximately a 60 foot row.
Great Lakes - This excellent heading lettuce produces a large, firm, crisp head with excellent flavor. Perfect for salads. Early starting is advised to avoid bolting to seed in hot weather. This packet will plant approximately a 100 foot row.
Parris Island - Long, spoon-shaped leaves fold into an upright, loose head 8 to 9 inches tall. Very crisp and tender and more nutritious than iceberg head lettuce. Withstands warm weather better than most other lettuce. This packet will plant approximately an 55 foot row.
Parris Island Cos (Romaine) - (Organic) Long, spoon-shaped leaves fold into an upright, loose head 8 to 9 inches tall. Very crisp and tender and more nutritious than iceberg head lettuce. Withstands warm weather better than most other lettuce. This packet will plant approximately an 80 foot row.
Prizehead - This is no wimpy little leaf lettuce. Prizehead's large maroon-tinted leaves are firm, crisp and loosely folded. A vigorous grower that's ready to pick just 45 days after planting, you'll love its mild flavor in salads.
Romaine - Put a steak on the grill and get out the Caesar salad dressing when it's harvest time for this popular lettuce. The long, upright leaves of Romaine have just the right crunchiness and sweetness to make a Caesar or any other salad exceptional.
Salad Bowl - An All-American Selection! This loose-leaved lettuce is good for hot weather areas because it is slow to bolt to seed. Crisp, tender leaves have an appealing apple-green color. High in vitamins A and B. This packet will plant approximately an 80 foot row.
Sampler - With this special mix of Black Seeded Simpson, Grand Rapids and Prizehead leaf lettuces plus Bibb butterhead lettuce, you can grow a perfect salad from one packet of seed. Enjoy the variety of colors and textures as you begin harvesting just a few weeks after planting and continue for up to two months.
Tom Thumb - Even though its heads are only the size of tennis balls, Tom Thumb has that famous mild flavor, soft texture and blanched heart of the bigger butterhead lettuces. It's just the right size for single serving salads.
Plant seeds in early spring as soon as ground can be worked. (Note: Lettuce seeds won't sprout when soil is warmer than 75 degrees Fahrenheit.) Before planting enrich the soil with Lilly Miller Morcrop Vegetable Food. Sow seeds sparingly, firm soil gently over the row and keep moist. Continue planting every 3 weeks. Lettuce is a cool weather crop and must mature before hot weather arrives. Early spring and late summer plantings are the most productive. Begin thinning and eating when seedlings have 3 true leaves and continue thinning until plants are at the recommended spacing. Keep well watered. HARVESTING: To harvest full-size plants, snip off individual outer leaves or cut off the entire plant.
I am as much a fanatic about lettuce as Thomas Jefferson was about peas. I grow every variety I can find and try to plant it as early in spring and as late in fall as weather will allow. This Bibb variety is delicious with it's mild flavor. I like to pick it young and serve an entire head on a plate. It makes a great presentation!