Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce Seeds - (Latuca sativa)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 200 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 60 days
- Days to Germination:
- 2-10 days @ 60-70F
- Plant Spacing:
- Soil Requirements:
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce - Out of This Universe
Beautiful and delicious lettuce with tender sweet heavily crinkled leaves that change from green at the base to a striking cranberry-red at the tops. Loose heads are 8-12" in diameter.
This 19th Century French heirloom was introduced commercially in 1885 and prized for its ability to self sow its own seed and produce a second crop in the late fall, without succession planting.
Very cold hardy, it is traditionally planted 3-4 weeks before the last frost in the spring and succession planted every 3 weeks until late spring, stopping for the summer heat and re-commencing in the cool fall. Will bolt in heat. It grows with some protection down to 20F reliably.
Lettuce is thought to have originated in Asia Minor, probably from one of the wild lettuce types, of which there are more than 100 varieties. Lettuce graced the tables of Persian kings, Roman senators, and medieval lords. It has been food for peasant and noble alike for hundreds of years. Lettuce was also prized medicinally for its cooling powers and was used to tame fevers, liver inflammations and lust.
Leaves are used in salads and on sandwiches.
Mulching your lettuce plants will help the shallow root system maintain even moisture. Try to keep constant moisture by watering the soil not the leaves.