LETTUCE

(34 varieties to choose from)

 

Plant as early as the ground can be worked, thin for best head development on heading varieties.  Leaf varieties may be cut and they will regrow.  Do not pull up entire plant.  For best germination on lettuces do not plant very deep.  Approximately 750 to  1000 seeds/pkt. unless otherwise noted.

 

Leaf Lettuce

 

Black Seeded Simpson- 50 days- The first lettuce I grew as a very young child.  A chartreuse, pale green-yellow in color.  The best for sandwiches and wilted lettuce. Grows fast but needs to be planted early as it is an early bolter as well. Pkt. $1.25

 

Bronze Beauty - 47 days - Colorful and tasty leaf lettuce, tender leaves that are dark green with bronze shading.  Pkt. $1.75

 

Dark Lollo Rossa- 55 days-  another lettuce best suited for cool times as it gets bitter during warm times. Very dark red curly leaves that are excellent in mixes for color and texture. Start picking when young.  I find this one best for an August planting to mature in the cool days of October. Pkt. $2.00

 

Goose - 50 days - Beautiful pale green to dark green leaf type.  Rapid growth.   Pkt $2.00

 

Oakleaf - 45 days - Tight rosettes of dark green, deeply lobed leaves.  Introduced in 1771.  Provides a unique shape  when used in salads.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Prizehead- 50 days- Bright green leaves with reddish brown, crisp leaves.  Does superb from a mid-August planting.  Tolerates temperatures down to 15 deg. F and is still edible.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Red Salad Bowl- 50 days- Large, upright plants, bronze red leaves.  Introduced in 1955.  Pkt. $1.25

Red Tinged Winter- 65 days- a very hardy ruffled leaved green in the center with red tinged leaves. Must be planted in August here to mature in the cool times or it is bitter. Pkt. $2.25

Ruby Red- 60 days - Deep red leaf lettuce.  A 1958 AAS winner.  Excellent deep red color. Very colorful in salad mixes for its rich red hues.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Salad Bowl - 50 days - Introduced in 1952, slow to bolt, light green.  When spaced properly will produce some nice sized “heads” Pkt. $1.25

 

Speckles - 50 days - Apple green leaves flecked with brownish red polka dots.  Semi-bibb type.  Pkt. $2.00

 

Waldman’s Green - 55 days - Large, wavy, frilled leaves, a nice dark green leaf lettuce.  Tolerates cold weather well.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Head Lettuce

 

All Year Round - 70 days - Medium size green heads.  Good for most all seasons.  Old English variety.  This variety always does well in both early Spring and late summer plantings. Pkt. $1.50

 

Blonde de Paris - 65 days - Crisp head  semi- iceberg type. Flavor is a bit stronger than iceberg lettuce .  Pkt. $1.25

 

Ice Queen - 65 days - French Heirloom that is slow to bolt.  Can be used as a leaf lettuce or head lettuce.  Pkt. $1.75

 

Nevada- 60 days- Crunchy, dark green lettuce.  Not an iceberg type, but a good heading variety.  Good tolerance to heat and bolting.  Approximately 250 seeds/pkt.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

 

Pablo -  60 days - Reddish tinged iceberg type.  Holds well in the heat.   Approximately 500 seeds/pkt.  Pkt. $2.00

 

Bibb Lettuce

 

Big Boston- 75 days- Large butterhead type with light golden green center and a reddish tinge to the outer leaves.  Pkt.  $1.25

Bronze Mignonette- 45 days- small bronze red tines distinct butter head type of small size similar but just a bit bigger than Tom Thumb. Pkt. $1.75

 

Grandpa Admires - 60 days - Colorful bronze tinged leaves.  Variety dates to Civil War.  Gorgeous addition to salads and colorful in the garden. Pkt. $1.50

Kagran Sommer- 54 days- Very bolt resistant bibb for early-mid summer.  Large light-green heads.  Large well folded, firm hearts.  Harvest when mature or it gets bitter.  Pkt. $1.25

Little Gem- 50 days- A refined Boston (Bibb) type lettuce with midget heads. Works great in cold frames.  Pkt. $1.25

 

May Queen- 50 days- 19th century heirloom, earliest butterhead type, pale green tinged with brown.  Good frost tolerance. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2019

 

Marvel of Four Seasons- 50 days- French Bibb type, red leaves, produces nice large, tight heads.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Northpole-50 days-lime green heads with excellent winter hardiness. Not for summer growth but does well during the cool season times. Pkt. $2.50

 

Pirat- 55 days- originally from Germany. A delicious green butterhead with brown sprinkles. One of the first heirloom lettuces I grew in 1980.  It was very winter hardy in the Lewis-Clark Valley of Idaho  and survived down to 10˚F easily . Pkt. $2.50

 

Tom Thumb- 55 days- Very small, tiny heads of butter-type lettuce.  Gorgeous, very hardy for Fall.  Tolerates cold weather well. The  cutest of all the lettuces we have . Pkt. $1.50

 

Romaine Lettuce

 

Cimmaron- 65 days- heirloom from the 18 th  century. Deep red with creamy yellow center.  Slow to bolt.  Pkt. $1.75

 

Freckles - 60 days - Bright green leaves with scarlet purplish blotches, shade brings out colors better.  Pkt. $1.75

 

Red Romana- 70 days- Large red leaf romaine, deep mahogany red color.  Is best in cool weather.   Superb cold weather tolerance. Pkt. $1.25

 

Romaine- 65 days- Erect, tightly folded plants.  Great for salad.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Rouge de Hiver- 60 days-  Very beautiful, semi-Romaine type that is reddish green in color.  Does well in a fall planting.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Webb’s Wonderful- 70 days- English romaine type lettuce, large, crumpled leaves with a good tolerance for heat and cold.  Pkt. $1.50

 

Winter Density Cos - 60 days - Large, very compact, dark green, slow to bolt, romaine type lettuce.  Superb for Fall planting.  Pkt. $1.25

 

Lettuce Mix - A mixture of most of the types we sell.  Pkt. $2.00

 

Sandhill Lettuce Mix-  We are concerned with the continuous decline of availability of certain varieties so we are trying to develop an efficient way to  produce our own lettuce seed here. It was easy to do in my youthful days in Idaho but a challenge here with  the rabbits and  summer rainfall destroying the ripening seed.  This a  mix of about 20 varieties from our summer experimentation..  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

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Sand Hill Preservation Center

Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

1878 230th Street

Calamus, IA 52729

563-246-2299

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