Vegetables and Fruit forum: Lettuce recommendations

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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Mar 21, 2017 11:15 PM CST
I'd like to try some new varieties of lettuce. I'll be growing them indoors, so don't worry about zones. I'm looking for leaf varieties. What are your favorites and where do you buy the seeds for it?
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McCannon
Mar 22, 2017 1:33 AM CST
I don't do anything fancy. These are Romaine, Red Mist, and Butter Crunch from Gurneys. These will get transplanted outdoors but should do well indoors too. More recent starts in the tray behind.
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Mar 22, 2017 7:48 AM CST
I will add red mist and butter crunch to my list to try. Thanks!
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Name: Don Shirer
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DonShirer
Mar 22, 2017 8:42 AM CST
@LizDTM
      I always like to add some red leaf lettuce to the green to jazz up the color of my salads. New Red Fire, Red Salad Bowl, Red Sails, Lollo Rossa and Beleah Rose are all varieties I've grown in the past. All are fairly easy to grow.
     I lived in Tucson for 10 years, but never thought of growing lettuce indoors. Great idea!
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Mar 22, 2017 6:00 PM CST
I agree about the red leaf lettuce types -- Red Velvet was one that did particularly well for me (I bought it from Pinetree in 2014, not sure if they still offer it). Black Seeded Simpson is kind of my go-to lettuce every year... very reliable for me, and it has nice crisp leaves. Sold almost everywhere, I think Smiling
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Mar 22, 2017 8:11 PM CST
Thanks Sandy! How's the weather in the UP these days? I used to spend summers just down the shore from you in Escanaba.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Mar 22, 2017 10:03 PM CST
Liz, it's a small world, isn't it! The weather is slowly but surely making its way toward spring... after a relatively mild winter that actually went by almost too quickly for me, lots of things left on my winter to-do list Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Mar 22, 2017 10:38 PM CST
Little Gem which is a small but tender & delicious romaine lettuce. You can harvest leaves and it will keep growing or cut the whole head. These are ready to start thinning (and eating). Hurray!
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Mar 23, 2017 7:48 AM CST
Little Gem looks beautiful! I will add to my list - thank you!
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Mar 23, 2017 7:53 AM CST
I think I have some seeds for "Little Gem" to try this year -- thanks for the recommendation, Kristi! Thumbs up
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Name: Kristi
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Mar 23, 2017 10:56 AM CST
LizDTM said:Little Gem looks beautiful! I will add to my list - thank you!



After I posted, I realized you weren't asking for romaine, sorry. But these are small and the lower leaves can be removed with the plant continuing growth.

I wash the leaves and use a salad spinner to remove the excess moisture, then store the leaves in the spinner in the refrigerator. They stay fresh, crisp & tasty.

I will be interested in your success at growing lettuce indoors as my outdoor lettuce season is already winding down. We had days in the 70s & 80s already.
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Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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LizDTM
Mar 23, 2017 8:06 PM CST
Kristi, take a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... I'm not starting it in rockwool like she does. But other than that, I'm using the same system, but without the pretty shelves.
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Mar 31, 2017 9:10 PM CST
I grow mine under lights indoors too. "Spicy mesclun, spicy mesclun, spicy mesclun"! And some celery for the leaves... Hurray!
Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Mar 31, 2017 10:42 PM CST
I think I have some of that, Yardenman!
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Apr 23, 2017 6:37 AM CST
I like Green Ice for outdoors. It's more ruffley and crinkly than Black Seeded Simpson. Might be our heat that makes Black Seeded Simpson too limp and bolt for me.
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Apr 23, 2017 12:59 PM CST
My best performer this year. Delicious too. Bibb
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Name: Mac
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McCannon
Apr 23, 2017 1:08 PM CST
farmerdill said:My best performer this year. Delicious too. Bibb


You just can't beat Bibb Thumbs up .

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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 23, 2017 6:31 PM CST
Beautiful! (of course, anything green looks pretty darned good to me right now... Hilarious! )
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Apr 24, 2017 1:51 AM CST
I love bibb lettuce. But a salad without mesclun and lots of other veggies is bland even with my extra-vinegar italian dressing blend.
Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Apr 24, 2017 9:47 PM CST
Yardenman, do you share your dressing recipe?
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