Webb's Wonderful Crisphead Lettuce Seed
Webb's Wonderful Crisphead Lettuce Seed is an heirloom (72 days) introduced 1890 by Clarence Webb in England, came to us via Schultz. Webb’s remarkable large-veined slightly savoyed dark-green leaves slowly form a large crisphead with an exceptional buttery mild flavor like a butterhead.
Though our trial notes indicate it stands heat well, some growers preferred it as fall lettuce. Delicious for grazing. I start harvesting leaves long before heads form. The best way I like this is quartered, pull out middle core until you have a small canoe then pack it with chicken salad with pear slices and a honey coconut milk dressing. Of course, I'm partial to the name because my Grandmother, of whom I'm named after but never met, was a Webb.
About 300+ seed per pack. 92% germination.
* A little ditty: According to Vaugan’s 1904 catalog, Iceberg gets its name from the small indentations in the leaves that are constantly filled with dewdrops giving them a crystalline appearance.
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.