Lettuce Mesclun Gourmet Baby Greens Organic Seed
Our custom mix of lettuces for baby greens has beautiful colors, rich flavors, and diverse textures that make any salad special. It is just like the mixes in gourmet stores, but at a fraction of the cost when you grow it yourself. An easy crop, you can grow these tender greens in your garden or in containers for a fast salad in just 21-58 days.
The mix includes: Black Seeded Simpson 16% (light green leaf, broad, crumpled) Buttercrunch 16%, (bright green butterhead, heat tolerant, slow bolting) Green Salad Bowl 17% (bright green leaf, deeply lobed with wavy edges) Lolla Rossa 17% (very frilly green leaf with dark red edges) Red Oakleaf 17% (deeply lobed oakleaf shaped leaf) Rouge 17% (medium red romaine).
When to plant outside: RECOMMENDED. Early spring, 3 to 4 weeks before the average last frost and successive plantings every 3 weeks until 2 weeks before the first fall frost. (Skip very hot summer weeks.) In USDA zone 8 or warmer, you can also sow in the fall for winter harvest.
When to start inside: 6 weeks before the average last spring frost and in summer when temperatures are too warm outside to germinate lettuce seed.
Special Germination Instructions: Lettuce seeds do not germinate well in hot soil temperatures. Cover seeded area with 2 x 6 boards held slightly above the soil by bricks or another prop to keep soil cool for a few days until seeds come up. For early spring planting, cover soil with clear plastic to warm the soil to 70 degrees, the optimum temperature for lettuce germination. When seedlings appear, immediately take off the plastic. Lettuce can be planted in rows, but group plantings take less space and are attractive. Double or triple rows also work. When thinning lettuce, use thinnings in salads.