A tray of lettuce buttercrunch at market never lasts long. This well known butterhead that produces thick buttery leaves with a small compact head. Slow to bolt in the warmer months and delicious in your salads.
Sow – Sept to April (cool climate).
Spacing – 20cm between plants, 30cm rows.
Lettuce was originally farmed by the ancient Egyptians, who transformed it from a plant whose seeds were used to create oil into an important food crop raised for its succulent leaves and oil-rich seeds. Lettuce spread to the Greeks and Romans; the latter gave it the name lactuca, from which the English lettuce is derived.
By 50 AD, many types were described, and lettuce appeared often in medieval writings, including several herbals. The 16th through 18th centuries saw the development of many varieties in Europe, and by the mid-18th century cultivars were described that can still be found in gardens.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 18 to 22 C (around 7 to 10 days to germination)
- average 1000 seeds/gram