Lettuce, Buttercrunch (Lactuca sativa) - 500 Seeds
Some people call it Buttercrunch lettuce. Other folks know it as Butterhead lettuce. However you know it, this lettuce is a crisp, and crunchy treat in the salad bowl. These popular greens form thick, outer leaves giving way to a sweet, creamy colored, compact head. Like other lettuces, Buttercrunch lettuce is a cool weather crop. Buttercrunch holds up better in hot weather than most other lettuces. Time your spring crop to mature prior to the onset of hot and humid weather or start inside midsummer to bypass the heat for a fall harvest.
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•USDA Zones: 3-9
EARLY HARVEST: Start indoors several weeks before the last frost and transplant the seedlings to the garden after the last frost threat. You can also direct sow into the garden after the last frost. For indoor starts, sow a few seeds in each cell of a seed tray. Cover very lightly with a fine starter soil. Keep soil moist during the germination period. Fast sprouting seedlings should emerge in about 5-10 days. For direct sowing, start by sowing the seeds 1/8 inch in soil, one inch apart, in rows twelve to eighteen inches apart. Make sure to allow enough space between seeds for the lettuce to grow, as overcrowding can cause the lettuce to have a bitter taste. Firm the soil lightly. While growing, keep the soil well watered. Harvest between 60 and 70 days after planting, and before flowers appear, to ensure the lettuce doesn't become too mature.
FALL HARVEST: For your fall crop, an indoor start is best. Lettuce seeds do not germinate well in the hot soil of mid-summer. Follow the above mentioned indoor instructions.
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