An old reliable lettuce that is heat resistant, slow to bolt and very dependable. Leaves are large, but lightly crispy and ruffled. Excellent for spring, early summer and fall planting. I remember my grandmother growing this variety. She was a practical German woman, so it was one of her favorite for its consistent yields...when the rabbits didn't find it!
1885 James J.H. Seed Co. says.. "An improvement on the Simpson, being finer in many respects."
1918 Great Northern Seed Co. says... "One of the most easily grown and most reliable varieties, growing well during the hot Summer when most others are failures, therefore most satisfactory and popular for home use, but also largely grown for the market, especially in the Western States. It is a good shipper and it does equally well outdoors as in the greenhouse. Very early, slow to go to seed, with broad, crumpled leaves of very light green color, tender and sweet."
1935 Isbell's Seed Co. catalog says... "Splendid loose leaf or curled leaf lettuce of great popularity with market and home gardeners. Grows large leaves, the inner ones forming a semi-compact head, very tender, crisp, fine quality, and sweet flavor. Always reliable and easily grown; ready for market in 45 days."
Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region. CA, FL, ID, OK, TN, TX
I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.