Lettuce Butterhead Buttercrunch (Lactuca - sativa)
Buttercrunch lettuce is a premium quality European Bibb lettuce with delicate flavor. The tender, compact 5-6 heads have slightly crumpled green leaves with a creamy yellow core. Its buttery, tender texture makes it perfect for salads, giving them a gourmet touch. A vigorous grower, it loves moist but not soggy soil and is easy to grow, even in containers! Buttercrunch is also bolt resistant and will withstand a little more heat than many other lettuce varieties.
When to plant outside: Early spring, 3 to 4 weeks before the average last frost, and successive plantings thereafter every 3 weeks until 2 weeks before the first fall frost.
In USDA zone 8 or warmer, it can also be sown in fall for winter harvest. When to start inside: 6 weeks before last spring frost and in summer when soil temperatures are too warm outside to germinate lettuce seed.
Special Sowing & Germination Instructions: Most of the new lettuce varieties do not require light to germinate. However, Buttercrunch is an older variety and may need light to encourage germination. Sow seed on the soil surface and press in to make contact with soil or plant no deeper than 1/8. If direct seeding outside in late summer for a fall crop, remember that lettuce seed does not come up well in heat. Cover the seeded area with 2 x 6 boards to keep the soil cool for a few days until seed comes up. For early spring planting, cover soil with clear plastic to warm the soil to 70 degrees (the optimum temperature for lettuce). When seedlings appear, immediately take off the plastic.