This sturdy lettuce can handle the cold, even some frost. Ideal for your empty plots in the fall. And tasty too.
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Sowing time: Aug - Oct Height: 15-25 cm Weight: 0.5 grams
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Winter Lettuce plants are sturdy and tasty. They can handle the cold, even a few degrees of frost. They're perfect for your empty plots in the fall.
Sow in August, and you’ll harvest before winter. If you sow in October and cover them with a fleece MM-Muts, you’ll harvest in winter or early spring.
Species name: Merveille d'Hiver
Plants per square patch: 4
Height: 10 to 25 cm
Sowing time: August to October
Sowing depth: 0.5 to 1 cm
Germination time: 5 to 18°C in 2 to 14 days
Time to harvest: When sown in August, after 6-8 weeks. When sown later it takes longer. During the winter months growth almost stops.
Sunlight: Grows best in the lightest spot you've got
Want to buy Winter Lettuce seeds? We sell seed bags separately, or, you can get them as part of a seed pack:
What's so special about Winter Lettuce?
Winter Lettuce plants can handle the cold better than most varieties. So, it’s one of the few lettuces that you can sow in the fall.
Sowing and growing
Growing Winter Lettuce pretty simple. Put a few seeds in each hole, and keep your soil mix moist. After the seedilngs sprout, thin out them out so there's is only 1 plant per hole (4 in total).
Since the lettuce heads don't grow very fast in the fall, 4 heads can easily fit in one compartment.
Watch out for snails: they love the small plants.
Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions are in the Planty Gardening app.
Tip: You can also sow this variety early in the spring. But beware: the lettuce heads grow much faster and will soon become too big for your square patch. So, you'll have to harvest quickly.
How do you use it?
Winter Lettuce is great in salads. The leaves are also tasty in green smoothies.
As soon as the plants begin to bolt (flower), the leaves become coarser and somewhat bitter. Toss the last leaves in a with your mashed potatoes, stew, soup, or stir-fry: yum!