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Lactuca sativa (Open pollinated)

How to plant Summer Crisp Lettuce seeds

In our opinion, Summer Crisp (aka Batavian) lettuces are the absolute finest group of lettuces to grow. They can be produced under cool conditions (like other lettuces), yet still will be standing, long after other heat resistant lettuces have bolted. Summer crisp looks like loose leaf lettuce when young. Dense, heavy heads develop at maturity.

Pick leaves at baby size, or allow plants to head. Summer Crisp lettuce can be harvested by removing a few of the outer leaves of the head; the plants will continue to grow and produce. Or alternatively, harvest entire large, gorgeous head at once. Leaves are thick, juicy, and flavorful. Summer Crisp lettuces are extraordinarily heat tolerant.

Nevada summer crisp lettuce VG00117

NEVADA Summer Crisp Lettuce Seeds (OP) 48 days

Forms handsome, large and heavy, heat tolerant heads. The flavor of Nevada summer crisp lettuce is juicy and nutty - it is among the best tasting of all lettuces. The crunchy, smooth and buttery, ruffled and textured leaves, may also be harvested individually.

200 seeds - $2.49

Concept summer crisp lettuce VG01163

CON­CEPT Summer Crisp Lettuce Seeds 46 days

Organically grown. Exceptionally sweet, thick and juicy leaves for baby lettuce or full size-heads. Tolerates warm and cool weather, is disease resistant and easy to grow. Concept exhibits the characteristics of both romaine and summer crisp lettuce. As the vase-shaped plants mature, the whorled leaves close into a tight head. Packet is ½ gram, about 400 seeds.

½ Gram - $2.99

Cherokee summer crisp lettuce VG00129

CHER­OKEE Summer Crisp Lettuce Seeds 49 days

Large, upright brilliant deep red heads deliver a crunchy, nutty flavor that is among the best of all lettuce. Incredibly heat tolerant and disease resistant, Cherokee will thrive even under difficult conditions.

In the photograph young Cherokee lettuce plants are growing in a container at the beginning of July. Cherokee first appears to be a gorgeous loose leaf type lettuce. Plants mature into impressive compact, heavy heads.

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Cardinale summer crisp lettuce VG11002

CAR­DINALE Summer Crisp Lettuce Seeds 49 days

Organically grown. Cardinale’s crisp, succulent, rich-tasting red and green leaves are extremely heat resistant; excellent for baby leaf or full size head production. Leaves turn brilliant purple-red if planted in full sun when nights are cool. Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, Ca. trialed 13 red lettuce varieties; Cardinale Summer Crisp lettuce placed first.

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How to Plant Summer Crisp lettuce Seeds

Bee introduces how to plant

Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and cover lightly. Kept at 65°F., germination averages 7-14 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds 1 in. apart in rows 12-18 in. apart. Thin to 12 in. apart.