Green Deer Tongue Leaf Lettuce Seed Organic
This Green Deer Tongue certified organic lettuce seed is the crunchiest stalk (leaf) lettuce you've ever tasted. It keeps well in the fridge when washed, dried and bagged with a paper towel. (48 days) Also known as Matchless, this venerable heirloom goes back to the 1740s. This and Really Red Deer Tongue is the only deer tongues you will ever want to see in your garden! Characteristic thick green pointed leaves radiating from a compact center. Slow to bolt. Has a rich nutty flavor that doesn’t turn bitter. About 300+ seed per pack.
Lettuce Culture: May be started indoors in March and at regular intervals thereafter, or sowed outdoors as soon as the ground can be worked. Many varieties won't germinate in soil temperatures above 75° and most shut down above 80°. Where available, we present data here from a California germination experiment at 84°.
Hardy. All lettuces except icebergs tolerate heavy frost. They grow best in cool weather with medium moisture. Use shade cloth to keep summer lettuce tender and sweet longer.
Sow every 2 weeks for a continuous supply. Lettuce will not head unless thinned frequently and ruthlessly to a final distance of 1'. Heavy nitrogen feeders.
Minimum germination soil temperature 35°, optimal range 40-80°, optimal temperatures 70-75°. Emergence takes 3 days at 68°soil temperature.
Days to maturity are from direct seeding.