Seeds - Lettuce, Pirat Butterhead OG (HM)
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Description: A top pick at Sage Garden! A butterhead with a well-blanched heart surrounded by red-tinged outer leaves. Rated as one of the best butterheads because of its superior texture and flavour and amazing disease resistance. Resistant to Downy Mildew, White Mold, Tip Burn, and Bacterial Head Rot.
Pack Size: 1/32 ounce
Latin Name: Lactuca sativa
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 55 days full size
Exposure: Full sun
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 7 - 9 days at 21ºC.
Indoors: Start seeds 4 weeks before planting out. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from the first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Depth: 1/16". Sowing lettuce seeds too deep may cause poor germination.
Planting out: Plant in well-drained fertile soil once seedlings are established and 2 - 3 weeks before the last frost date.
Outdoors: Direct seed a couple of weeks before the last frost, once the soil is workable. Sow every 2 weeks for continual harvest. Lettuce is one of the few crops that can be sown in the fall. Direct seed up until the first week in September.
Spacing: Sow seeds 1/2" apart in rows 24" apart. When plants are 2" tall, thin to 6" for small heads (and dwarf varieties) and 12" for full-size heads. For baby salad greens, do not thin (harvested leaves will regrow for continual harvest).
Growing in Containers: No garden? No problem! Lettuce is well-suited to containers that are a minimum of 6-8 inches in diameter. Also suitable for barrels and raised beds - think Square Foot Gardening!
Fertilizing (Containers): Add 25% quality compost, such as Sea Soil, to the potting mix. Fertilize weekly with a higher nitrogen organic plant food such as fish-based fertilizer.
Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when the top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Only larger mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Amend garden soil with quality compost such as Sea Soil. Application of Sea Magic kelp every two weeks will result in healthier and more prolific crops.
Watering (Garden): Water young plants regularly to establish, then water deeply as conditions require.
Companion Planting: Planting lettuce between rows of corn will provide some shelter from the heat and sun.
Notes: Mulch plants in summer to keep the soil cool.
Suitability for Indoors: Well-suited for indoors - especially for baby greens - provided a sunny location.
Exposure: Full sun or grow lights.
What about Grow Lights? T5 full-spectrum lights are ideal for this crop.
General Indoor Care: Sow fresh seeds indoors in the fall.
Indoor Container Suggestions: Minimum 6" container - bowl planters are ideal. Try shallow bulb pans or recycled grocery containers with drainage holes punched out.
Special Instructions: Indoor lettuce should be treated more as a loose-leaf, cut-and-come-again crop... don't expect to grow full-sized heads. However, as a baby crop, it works really well!