Every seed came up, they're about 3' tall with a sturdy stem. Waiting until mid March to put out in the southern (Ga) garden. Will be licking my lips watching them flower and fruit. I like these as an addition to a traditional red tomato salad.
I had 40 mph winds my greenhouse fell over and was so surprised the seeds survived two days in the cold under soil and are still growing. The roots were in tact so i transplanted them, they are doing just fine. 10 stars
Planted this year in the Queen of England's Palace Garden and on the White House lawn, this lettuce variety has been enjoyed for over 50 years now. Slowfood lists it as extremely rare and endangered. We are happy to have it available to you this year in VERY limited quantities.
Gardenorganic.org.uk/ says... "The donor found these seeds amongst her father’s gardening clutter. Further investigation revealed the variety was originally sold by Finney’s, a Northumberland firm with nurseries in Newcastle. Finney¹s closed in the 1950s, at which time NorthernQueen was the main outdoor variety, popular with both amateur and commercial growers. A large butterhead variety with soft, mild flavored leaves."
California Grown Seed Northern Queen performed very well here. It was a favorite amongst dinner guest for its sweet, crunchy flavor. Was very slow to bolt. In fact, this made it a challenge for collecting seed since it was the last to go to seed. Exactly what you would want a lettuce to do!