prizehead lettuce seeds

Prizehead Lettuce Seed

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Lactuca sativa
Prizehead Lettuce Seed (45 days)

First catalog entry I can find for "Prizehead" seems to be around 1889 in Maule's Seed catalog.  It may be older, but seems to be carried by most major seed companies after this time.

Prizehead produces luscious heads of green lettuce with outer leaves that are loose and curled. The inner leaves are lime green and the outer fringed leaf tips are purple to bronze. Prizehead is perfect for salads and garnishes.

Exceedingly crisp, sweet and tender.  A perfect salad lettuce for the home gardener that is slow to bolt.  There is a reason this lettuce survived over 130 years and is still around.  People like it and keep growing it! 

Recommended as a excellent lettuce for hydroponic growing. 

1918 Alneer Brothers Seed Company Catalog says about Prizehead lettuce...
"An excellent sort; forms a mammoth plant in which the outer leaves are crisp and tender and remain so through out the season." 

1933 R.H. Shumway Seed Catalog says about Prizehead lettuce...
"An old standard loose-leaf type that has always been a great favorite with the home gardener because of its quick growth and easy culture.  The leaves are large and finely crumpled and fringed; outside they are green touched with red, inside a light green. The inner leaves especially are brittle, tender and sweet.  the heads are medium-large adn yield a good supply of lettuce.

Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region .  OR, TX

Seed Planting Depth

Seeds per gram

Germination Temperature

Days to Germination

Row Spacing

Plant Spacing

100' Row Yield


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

Latuca sativa

Planting Tips:

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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