Bauer Organic Pelleted Lettuce Seed

$10.99
    Description

    SCIENTIFIC NAME:
    Lactuca sativa

    CULTURE:
    Lettuce is a hardy, cool-weather crop and can be planted with your earliest worked soil. It grows best at 60–65°F (16–18°C) and germinates best below 70°F (21°C), so careful variety selection is key for success in hotter weather. Sow every 2–3 weeks for a continuous supply of either full heads or salad mix.

    PELLETED SEED:
    Pelleted seed requires a little extra attention when it comes to watering, as it performs best with consistent, moderate soil moisture throughout the germination period. An initial watering will split or dissolve the pellet, but if the soil is allowed to dry out before the germination period is over, the seed may receive insufficient moisture for optimal germination. We recommend using pelleted seed within one year of purchase.

    THERMAL DORMANCY:
    Lettuce seed can enter thermal dormancy when exposed to high temperatures. Optimum germination results at soil temperatures of 60–68°F (15.5–20°C). The priming process in pelleted lettuce seeds broadens the temperature range in which the seeds will germinate, overcoming some of their thermal dormancy.

    TRANSPLANTING:
    3–4 weeks before field planting, sow in 128-cell trays barely covered with vermiculite or fine soil. If necessary, utilize shade and frequent misting to keep trays cooled below 75°F (25°C) during germination. Young plants properly hardened at least 3–5 days before planting can survive temperatures as low as 20°F (-6°C). Transplant iceberg, romaine, and butterhead lettuce 10–12" apart in rows 15–18" apart, other types 8–10" apart in rows 12–18", and mini heads as close as 6" in a grid.

    HARVESTING:
    Cut at base, keeping wrapper leaves for handling loss. Consider cutting alternating plants to extend harvest window, allowing remaining plants to continue to grow. Pack heads in layers facing cut ends away. Wash off sap and cool immediately to prevent staining and dehydration.

    STORAGE:
    Keep cold at 35–40°F (1–4°C) with high humidity but free of standing water. Keep 14–20 days, less for delicate types like butterhead and oakleaf, and longer for lettuce grown slowly in cooler temperatures.

    Contains 250 seeds.

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