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Interesting Facts

Lettuces are in the same plant family as the sunflower and dandelion. Although they may not look similar from their foliar characteristics, their flowers look very similar. There are around 100 species of Lactuca.

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Lettuce   Warpath (Lactuca sativa)

A cross between a crisphead and a cos lettuce; combining the best qualities of both. Crunchy inner leaves form a small head, surrounded with handsome wrapper leaves.   Lettuce grows best in cool weather. When thinning out your beds make delicious extra-early salads from the baby greens. Make successive plantings every two weeks or so to extend period of harvest. In dry weather, keep soil moist to delay onset of bolting.  This is one of the more heat tolerant varietals out there, but keep the soil moist late in the season.  This little lettuce should be ready for harvest in about 75 days, earlier if you are looking to harvest the baby greens.

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Plant Types: Annual, Biennial, Vegetable
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 3 feet to 4 feet
Width: 6 inches
Bloom Seasons: Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring, Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall
Special Features: Edible
Fertilizer: Blood Meal, Composted Yard Trimmings, Fish Emulsion, Poultry Manure, Steer Manure
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Plant Care

Sow when threat of frost has passed. Sow seeds directly into the ground in early spring. Cover seeds with a light layer of soil. Provide at least 4" of space between seedlings.


Harvest the heads or rosettes of lettuce when they are of a large size. Make sure to harvest promptly because lettuce plants will flower soon after they reach maturity. If they are left to flower, the lettuce leaves will taste bitter.

Plant Growth:

Widely variable, leafy, cool-season annuals. Grows best in full sun. The leaves are edible and can mature into a range of colors and forms.


Unless you are allowing the lettuce plants to set seed for seed harvesting, you should not allow the plants to flower. Blooms dense clusters of small yellow flowers.

Soil and Irrigation:

Needs well-draining soils that have high air porosity. Does best in highly organic, garden soil.


Use soil that is rich with organic compost. Liquid fertilizer is not recommended since lettuce is harvested for eating.


Earwigs, snails and slugs need to be controlled for.