Iceberg Head Lettuce Seeds Iceberg lettuce got its name from the fact that California growers shipped it covered with heaps of crushed ice in the 1920s. For bulk orders over 5 lb, contact us
It had previously been called Crisphead lettuce. Americans eat approximately 11 pounds of lettuce per year, per person. All lettuce is low in calories and is rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. Keep in mind that the darker green leaves contain the most nutrients. Lettuce is a vegetable that is pretty much immune to any form of preservation. You can’t freeze, dry, can, or pickle lettuce.
Days to Maturity:
This cool weather crop needs 80-90 days to reach maturity.
Plant 1/4" deep directly into the garden, or started indoors. Start 6-8 weeks early to allow time for the lettuce to mature, before hot weather sets in. Plant 3-5 seeds per cell in starter pots. Barely cover with a fine grit or starter soil. Keep soil moist, but not wet. Seeds germinate in 5 to 10 days. Thin seedlings to one plant per cell.
Plant outdoors after last expected frost. Ideally, transplant them on a cool or cloudy day. Water well after transplanting. Space plants 12" apart in rows 18" apart.
Microgreens basic growing instructions:
Cover the bottom of the container with an inch or two of moistened potting soil/mix or coir. Flatten and level it with your hand or a small piece of cardboard, taking care not to over-compress the soil. Scatter seeds evenly on top of the soil. Press gently into the soil using your hand or the cardboard. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Dampen the surface with a mister. If you prefer, you can skip this step and instead cover the container with a clear lid or plastic wrap until the seeds are sprouted. While waiting for sprouts to appear, usually within three to seven days, use the mister once or twice daily to keep the soil moist but not wet. Once seeds have sprouted, remove the cover (if you've used one) and continue to mist once or twice a day. Microgreens need about four hours daily of direct sunlight to thrive (south facing window). In winter months, some may need even more. Leggy, pale greens are a sign of not enough sunlight. Light needs can also be satisfied with a grow light that has a low heat output — you don't want to scorch your delicate greens. Microgreens will be ready to harvest about two to three weeks after planting. Look for the first set of "true leaves" as a sign of readiness. Then grab your scissors and snip the greens just above the soil line. To serve, wash the microgreens with water and dry with paper towels or a salad spinner. Harvest and serve them immediately for the freshest flavor, and add to soups, salads, sandwiches or main dishes. Store remaining cut microgreens in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.
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