Lately, I have heard this statement several times.
“My lettuce is bitter or tasteless or falling over and limp. What varieties of lettuce should I be growing?” My response is “You’re asking the wrong question. The question should be, how do I properly grow lettuce?”
These are two of my favorites! They are delicious and easy to grow. Buttercrunch has a soft leaf and is very tolerant to heat! Crisp Mint is a Romaine type with a mildly sweet flavor and crisp texture.
There are several issues that must be addressed:
- Proper soil – sandy loam is best
- Irrigation – even amount of moisture (drip irrigation preferred)
- Full sun vs partial shade (when the temperature increases, partial shade is a benefit)
- Temperature – the ideal temperature range is 35° – 80° (F). Buttercrunch, Oakleaf and Amish Deer Tongue are great hot weather varieties.
- Proper spacing of plants (if you sow seed too heavy, you must thin the seedlings to prevent overcrowding. Use the thinnings for baby lettuce or micro greens).
- Fertilization – use moderate amounts of compost. Side dress with seaweed emulsion and fish emulsion.
- Succession planting – https://papasgardens.com/2015/09/03/succession-planting-for-success/
Here are other varieties I have grown and found to be flavorful, dependable and having good texture.