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Mikola Lettuce

Mikola Lettuce

Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa

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# of seeds per packet: 500

Description

50-60 days. Folks have been asking for heat-tolerant lettuce and here is our red-leaved reply! Mikola is a red butterhead with smooth textured leaves that is good for summer growing. Rated high for flavor and texture in our summer lettuce trial of 2016 where it was one of the most bolt-resistant lettuces. Mike loves it because it is edible even after it bolts! Refreshing in summer when you want a cool, crisp salad. This was a commercial variety that disappeared from catalogs a while back and was saved by Turtle Tree Seeds. Seeds grown by Turtle Tree Seeds.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

In general, lettuce prefers cool weather and will bolt (flower) earlier in hot weather – this lettuce is more heat tolerant. For early head lettuce, start seeds indoors 3/1 at 68° (cover flat with a dome and expose seeds to light). Sow lettuce seeds outside anytime between 3/27 – 6/30. You can try to sow lettuce seeds 7/1-8/1 but lettuce seeds will not germinate when the soil temperature is over 80° - try covering seeds with row cover fabric to keep them cool and moist.  Lettuce seeds need light to germinate - plant seeds on the surface of the soil and pat gently with a hand. Keep seeds constantly moist until germination. Days to germination: 2-14 days. Space head lettuce 10” apart. For baby lettuce broadcast sow seeds.

 

Harvest:

Harvest heads with a knife as they form a full size head but before they begin to bolt. Alternatively, harvest individual leaves from the outside of the developing head. 

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Lettuce is mostly self-pollinated and rarely crosses with other lettuces. Isolation distance: 12’. Minimum population size: 5-10 plants. Remove early bolting plants. If lettuce stems fall over, stake them. Harvest lettuce seeds as they begin to mature (they will form dandelion like white plumes on them). Harvest seeds by tapping stems to shake seeds into a bucket. It is best to harvest lettuce seed after several days of dry weather. Harvest seeds over several weeks.

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Description

50-60 days. Folks have been asking for heat-tolerant lettuce and here is our red-leaved reply! Mikola is a red butterhead with smooth textured leaves that is good for summer growing. Rated high for flavor and texture in our summer lettuce trial of 2016 where it was one of the most bolt-resistant lettuces. Mike loves it because it is edible even after it bolts! Refreshing in summer when you want a cool, crisp salad. This was a commercial variety that disappeared from catalogs a while back and was saved by Turtle Tree Seeds. Seeds grown by Turtle Tree Seeds.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

In general, lettuce prefers cool weather and will bolt (flower) earlier in hot weather – this lettuce is more heat tolerant. For early head lettuce, start seeds indoors 3/1 at 68° (cover flat with a dome and expose seeds to light). Sow lettuce seeds outside anytime between 3/27 – 6/30. You can try to sow lettuce seeds 7/1-8/1 but lettuce seeds will not germinate when the soil temperature is over 80° - try covering seeds with row cover fabric to keep them cool and moist.  Lettuce seeds need light to germinate - plant seeds on the surface of the soil and pat gently with a hand. Keep seeds constantly moist until germination. Days to germination: 2-14 days. Space head lettuce 10” apart. For baby lettuce broadcast sow seeds.

 

Harvest:

Harvest heads with a knife as they form a full size head but before they begin to bolt. Alternatively, harvest individual leaves from the outside of the developing head. 

 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Lettuce is mostly self-pollinated and rarely crosses with other lettuces. Isolation distance: 12’. Minimum population size: 5-10 plants. Remove early bolting plants. If lettuce stems fall over, stake them. Harvest lettuce seeds as they begin to mature (they will form dandelion like white plumes on them). Harvest seeds by tapping stems to shake seeds into a bucket. It is best to harvest lettuce seed after several days of dry weather. Harvest seeds over several weeks.

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