Because lettuce is so popular, there are hundreds of varieties of each type of lettuce available in the garden centers and through mailorder and the Internet.
Good Source of Info On Lettuce Varieties
For excellent info on the best Lettuce varieties by state go to the vegetable variety data collection project at Cornell University - www.vegvariety.cce.cornell.edu. We urge you to join this valuable site and contribute your own ratings of varieties.
Some Popular Lettuce Varieties
A deliciously-flavored butterhead lettuce that produces small, loose heads filled with tender, buttery, green leaves. A 1.5 gram seed packet plants about 100 feet of row. Pick fresh about 57 days after sowing the seed in the garden.
- 57 Days to Harvest
- Plant 1/4-inch Deep, 18-inch Row Spacing & 10-inch Plant Spacing
This Romaine lettuce is perfect for Caesar salads. Long leaves form upright, tallish heads packed with tender, deep green leaves with distinctive crisp white midribs. This variety stands up to warm weather, and it is more nutritious than iceberg lettuce types. A 1.5 gram seed packet plants about 80 feet of row, and is ready to harvest about 68 days after seeds are sown.
- Named for the South Carolina island, not for the city in France.
- This is the lettuce for your Caesar Salads.
- Plant lettuce in cool months, spring and again in early fall.
- This packet has enough seeds for two 5 foot rows.
- Lactuca sativa
This lettuce produces excellent hearts as well as crispy greens. Enough for two 5 foot rows.
‘Redprize’: Leaves of this looseleaf lettuce are brilliant green, tipped with ruby red. Very attractive in salads, it is tender and sweet-flavored too. A 1.8 gram packet of seeds plants about 150 feet of row. It is a fast grower--ready to pick about 45 days after seeds are sown.
This butterhead type lettuce is an All America Selections winner. Resistant to bolting, it produces crisp-tender, frilly apple-green leaves. A 1 gram seed packet plants about 80 feet of row. Pick fresh leaves about 50 days after seeds are sown.
- This mixture contains Red Leaf which is deeply
- lobed and the Green Leaf which is wavy.
- This lettuce won't turn bitter as the weather heats up.
- The packet plants 5 ten foot rows.
- This is the slowest mixture we have to bolt.
Butterhead Buttercrunch Lettuce Seeds Certified Organic 1000 Seeds
- Fine container lettuce with soft butter taste
- Grow in cool weather early spring or fall
- Enough seeds for three 10 foot rows
- Slow to bolt (turn into seed)
- Lactuca sativa
Although lettuces are best planted in the cool spring and late fall, this one is slow to bolt when the weather gets hot. Mild tasting, soft buttery leaves grow on medium sized heads just the right size for containers, window boxes and borders. Enough seeds for three 10' rows.