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Growing Lettuce

Updated on August 19, 2012

Lettuce Collection

You can order this seed collection by visiting Seed Savers Exchange today, follow link below.
You can order this seed collection by visiting Seed Savers Exchange today, follow link below. | Source

So many lettuce varieties to choose from

Whether you are new to gardening or have been at it for years, just about every gardener receives seed catalogues in the mail with so many varieties of seeds to choose from. As we browse through these colorful pages our creative minds start thinking of the possibilities as well as sparking the curiosity of our taste buds. What to plant? Let’s take Lettuce for example. We garden for many reasons, it’s therapeutic in so many ways, but many garden to grow their own food. If you enjoy healthy salads there is no better way to enjoy the freshest salad than to grow it yourself, but there are so many different types of lettuces to choose from, where to begin?

This most likely is not a challenge to one who already knows what their favorites are and has been successfully growing them year after year, but for the beginner this can be confusing. It takes years of trying new things to see if they grow well in your garden and if you enjoyed them or not. Each year I like to try a different variety of tomatoes, string bean, lettuce etc. to see how well they grow in my area and how they taste. If I like it of course I will keep on planting it every year.

Reputable Seed Company

Since I have been eating much healthier these days, I have decided I want to expand my lettuce growing this season but as I browse through the catalogues each one has like nearly 50 different kinds of lettuce to grow. I am not going to grow all 50 of course, but want to make sure I select the ones that will grow best in my area and taste awesome. I also want to make sure that I am buying my lettuce seed from a reputable seed company that sells heirloom seeds and does not promote gmo’s. One particular seed co. that has been around for over 35 years and is considered a national leader in preserving and distributing heirloom seeds is Seed Savers Exchange. They are an 890 acre farm near Decorah Iowa and maintain one of the largest collections of open-pollinated heirloom varieties in the United States.

There are many other reputable seed companies such has Botanical Interest, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, a couple of my favorites, but I want to share something that Seed Savers Exchange offers that I found to be extremely helpful for selecting a great salad mix for this year’s growing season, and it’s their Heirloom Lettuce Collection.

The Heirloom Lettuce Collection from Seed Savers Exchange

This collection includes six of their most popular lettuce varieties, and comes in an attractive envelope displaying pictures of each variety with description. This is an excellent gift for both the avid gardener and beginner. This also is money saving deal, each package contains 250 seeds and is valued at $13.50, that’s comes out to be $2.25 a seed packet, in which if you were to buy separately would spend $2.75 per packet, so you save three bucks, but more importantly your getting an excellent variety of lettuce.

Seed Savers Exchange has granted me permission to use the following copy write photos of lettuce from their website, These photos should not be copied without contacting SSE, Thank you.

So Here's What You Get!

Amish Deer Tongue; This one I have grown before and think is excellent.  The Amish Deer Tongue is a loose leaf lettuce and is heat tolerant dating back to the mid 1700s.  Has a sharp taste, and is a heavy producer, it is a cut and come again lettuce,
Amish Deer Tongue; This one I have grown before and think is excellent. The Amish Deer Tongue is a loose leaf lettuce and is heat tolerant dating back to the mid 1700s. Has a sharp taste, and is a heavy producer, it is a cut and come again lettuce, | Source
Bronze Arrowhead; This lettuce was awarded the bronze medal at the 1947 All American Selections, said to be the most colorful and tasteful leaf lettuce for home gardening.
Bronze Arrowhead; This lettuce was awarded the bronze medal at the 1947 All American Selections, said to be the most colorful and tasteful leaf lettuce for home gardening. | Source

Crisp Mint

Crisp Mint; Is a Romaine that grows upright to about 10 inches and has an excellent flavor with mint-like leaves.
Crisp Mint; Is a Romaine that grows upright to about 10 inches and has an excellent flavor with mint-like leaves. | Source

Forrellenschluss

Forellenschluss;  This Romaine lettuce is an Austrian heirloom that displays a wonderful color of green leaves speckled with maroon, very attractive in salads.  Amazing taste and also is heat tolerant.
Forellenschluss; This Romaine lettuce is an Austrian heirloom that displays a wonderful color of green leaves speckled with maroon, very attractive in salads. Amazing taste and also is heat tolerant. | Source

Red Velvet

Red Velvet; Top of the leaves are an impressive solid maroon color and the backside of the leaves are green tinged with maroon.  This variety is slow to bolt but so worth its striking appearance!
Red Velvet; Top of the leaves are an impressive solid maroon color and the backside of the leaves are green tinged with maroon. This variety is slow to bolt but so worth its striking appearance!

Susan's Red Bibb

Susans Red Bibb;  This is a curled leaf lettuce and its edges are tinged with red and its center a lime green, that offers a mild flavor.  This variety is also a loose leaf lettuce but is slower than the Deer Tongue and Bronze Arrowhead, 50-60 days.
Susans Red Bibb; This is a curled leaf lettuce and its edges are tinged with red and its center a lime green, that offers a mild flavor. This variety is also a loose leaf lettuce but is slower than the Deer Tongue and Bronze Arrowhead, 50-60 days. | Source

So if you are new to growing lettuce and having trouble making up your mind on what to try I highly recommend giving this mix a “grow”. You may also want to consider this as a gift for that friend or family member who loves to garden, this is a gift that I believe every gardener would appreciate.

Have you grown any of the above lettuce varieties, and if so I would love to hear your opinion and experience with them as well as other varieties you recommend that are not in this mix. You can do this by scrolling below to leave a comment.

Thanks 

HAPPY GROWING!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Mine never looked that good. Great post!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      RTalloni, I recommend trying some new varieties and expanding the crop. I have got an early start on much of my lettuce, and so happy to have purchased the seed collection from seed savers exchange, can't wait to start harvesting!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      I just planted a small variety of "regular" lettuces, but this has me thinking that I should expand our crop a bit. They are interesting and beautiful. Thanks much.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thats awesome prasetio, I hope your father enjoy's this hub on lettuce and tries growing some of these varieties. God bless you my friend, hope your having a great day!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, Rpalulis. I am proud to be your fans and I have a chance to up date your valuable hub like this one. My father is planting a lettuce now. I'll show this hub to him. Thanks for writing this. Vote up. Have a good day!

      Love and peace,

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      crystolite, so glad you enjoyed these lettuce pictures, they taste much better than they look-lol.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Awesome article,i really enjoyed the pictures because i really love natures.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      ImChemist, thank you so glad you enjoyed the lettuce pictures.

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Wow, very beautiful pictures , i like it.

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      kimboy9-9 6 years ago

      I am not going to grow all 50 of course, but want to make sure I select the ones that will grow best in my area and taste awesome............................Nice Artical

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      kimboy9-9 6 years ago

      I also want to make sure that I am buying my lettuce seed from a reputable seed company that sells heirloom seeds and does not promote gmo’s. One particular seed co..........................Good Artical

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Elana, so glad you enjoyed this hub on lettuce,as you can see I can't wait for winter to be over and start gardening!

      Chatkath, I couldn't agree more, home grown lettuce is awesome and taste so much better. You should try growing some in containers like 5 gal buckets that can be kept near the house and broght in an out if need be. I am going to get an early start this season by starting some of my greens in large containers.

      Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed this hub

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      I love home grown lettuce - my Mom used to grow several different kinds, they tasted so much better and had so much more flavor than the stores' (even this little organic store I go to that has awesome produce). I will try if I can find a place to grow here, I don't much ground area for planting. Thanks for a great hub!

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      Elena Maria 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      What a great article, so informative, love the photos, this info is so helpful.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Pamela, you should definitely try growing lettuce, especially if you eat a lot of salad, it tasted so much better. Thanks for commenting and reading this hub, take care.

      Rob

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I haven't grown lettuce before but I would love to try. I eat salad all the time. You tips are great.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      I just checked my seeds, and my deer tongue lettuce and Arugula have start to sprout already! Cant wait to transplant them to some buckets to get a very early start in preparing some of the healthiest and freshest salads ever. OK just a little excited, I just sick of all this snow.

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      Bethany Culpepper 6 years ago

      I've been contemplating a garden this year and after reading this I think I need to do it. Just for the lettuce alone! Yum

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Growing what you eat close to the kitchen is such a great idea, and I agree the lettuce grown from home does taste so much better that bought in the store.

      Thanks Cheapsk8chick

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      cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

      My mom plants her lettuce on her deck (away from the rest of the garden) for easy access throughout the year. It tastes so much better than that at the store. Great hub with great tips on lettuce, and the varieties you've pictured are lovely!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Bob, I have seen some impressive pictures of gardens grown on balcony's in NYC. I think its a wonderful idea, I do not have a balcony but do have a back deck and plan to do the same.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Yes, those critters can be quite a problem for gardener's, Your probably better off starting your seeds inside, and then transplanting them to container that could be brought in and out of the house.

      I just started the above mentioned lettuce int the house and plant to have a couple of 5 gallon buckets as containers to get me an early start, sick of buying lettuce in the store.

      Thank Darlene!

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      Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick

      I'll be growing some in a window box on the balcony this season.

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hi Robert, it is so awesome to see the wonderful things you know about when it comes to herbs and fresh garden green lettace for salads. I have a problem with any kind of seeds, the squirrals dig them up faster then I can plant them, if I purchased a plant they eat it. Then I have foxes and rabbits and creatures here in the wild country of Colorado, how do I have a garden with these problems? Love your hub, always excellent, rate up up up love & peace darski

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      I have been eating a lot of lettuce also, and tired of buying it from the grocery store, can't wait for spring. I actually started a bunch of lettuce seed just the other day, thats what kinda inspired me to write this hub.

      Thanks Katie!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh how sweet your tips on how to grow lettuce. I eat so much lettuce and am always glad to get growing tips on lettuce. Salads are a big part of every meal in my diet. Thanks for the helpful tips on growing lettuce and also the introduction to some amazing and tasty lettuce varieties! I love heirloom lettuce and enjoyed reading about the exchange. :) Katie