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Organic Van Allen Lettuce

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Lactuca sativa

45 days to harvest

This loose leaf lettuce is flavorful and heat tolerant.  The large, green, leaves are frilly with a crisp texture.  Seedsman Don Yoder shared this seed with us, and identified it as a Pennsylvania selection of Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, maintained by Mr. Van Allen for many years.  

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Seeds per gram

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Days to Germination

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100' Row Yield


1/8" 600-800 40-65 2-14 12" 8" 80 lb. Full to Partial

Latuca sativa var.crispa

Planting Tips for Organic Heirloom Lettuce Seeds:

Sow directly into very fertile, loose soil.  Thin down to final spacing once plants are established.  For best results, plant in spring or fall.  Harvest outside leaves for a continual harvest.  For longer harvest, stagger plantings every 2-3 weeks.

Heat Tolerance:  If you are growing lettuce in the heat, plant them where they will get afternoon shade.  Lettuce is a spring and fall crop in really hot areas.

Harvest Tips: For a continual harvest, sow every 2-3 weeks a new crop if cutting full heads, otherwise harvesting outside leaves will encourage a longer harvest from individual plants.

Seeding Rate:

30,000 plants/acre, aproximately 2 oz.

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.


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