Organic Merveille de Quatre Saisons - Lactuca sativa
This French butterhead lettuce, is known as the Marvel of Four Seasons. With its ability to be harvested virtually in all four seasons and the colors that it embody the four seasons while thriving in a range of climates.
This pre-1885 French heirloom was also featured in Vilmorin’s 1885 book The Vegetable Garden. It was first introduced to the Americans during a PBS series called “The Victory Garden.”
It is known for its signature butterhead shape boasting the appearance of a bibb-type rosette with an array of beautiful colors ranging in bronze, gold, red and green. Revealing ruby toned leaves encompass a tightly folded green hearts. Its dark color develops on cooler spring or autumn weather, but its texture always remains crisp and its taste unforgettable.
This vigorous plant is easy to grow and that thrives throughout the year. Growing cycle is about 40 – 60 days.
- Sun: Full- Partial
- Indoor: 3-6 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: When soil is workable
- Seed Count: 600
- Days to Maturity: 40-70
- Plant Size: 4"-10"
Keep soil moist while seeds are germinating. Will grow into the space that is provided, give space if possible. For a continuous harvest, make successive plantings every 10-14 days. Best grown in cooler weather.
If starting seeds indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.