Merlot Lettuce

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Lactuca sativa

Certified Organic Seed

Deep garnet hues with a brilliant sparkle, the full-bodied, rich, earthy flavor belies a distinct nose of black cherry with herbaceous undertones. Fresh and full bodied yet appealingly cloaked in a subtly ruffled velvet robe that gives it a delightful feel to the palate. Well structured, supple, and smooth, this Merlot wine lettuce should be enjoyed when young and crisp. (Unlike fine wines, the quality of this Merlot degrades as it ages.)

  • Number of Seeds: 250 seeds
  • Spacing in Row: 4-12 inches
  • Spacing Between Rows: 12 inches
  • Planting Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Days to Germination: 3-10 days
  • Days to Maturity: 28 days baby, 60 maturity
  • Height at Maturity: 10 inches
  • Width at Maturity: 10 inches

How to grow: Sow indoors beginning 8-10 weeks before last frost, or direct sow beginning about 4 weeks before last frost. Harvest late spring and summer sowings promptly to beat bolting. Continue sowing until about 2 weeks before first fall frost. Lettuce likes steady (but not excessive) moisture and can become prematurely bitter during dry spells; keep irrigated for best-tasting leaves. Harvest at baby stage when leaves are 3" high, or at maturity. Merlot is an open lettuce, harvest mature heads when full and frilly.

About the artist: Watercolor by Bayla Laks. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Bayla has been incessantly painting and drawing the people and environments around her since the day she could first hold a crayon. Her work is primarily in watercolors and depicts whimsical narrative renditions of everyday life.