Lettuce, Flashy Butter Gem (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Speckled Romaine. 30 days baby; 50 full.
We expected a perfect, sweet Little Gem type lettuce with cool red speckles and buttery texture. Flashy Butter Gem lettuce has all of that and more! We waited a week after Little Gem size but they didn’t bolt, just got bigger and more colorful. Versatile since it can be harvested as a mini or full size head with no sacrifice on flavor or texture. A gourmet quality lettuce for salad mix and heads to wow friends and/or market customers. Excellent planted spring, summer and fall. Not the hardiest in our 2010 winter trial but it lasted fairly well into the cold rainy season. Another excellent Frank Morton original, bred right here in Oregon.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year-round. Transplant into the garden 3-4 weeks after sprouting at 3″ spacing for leaf, 12″ for heads. Alternatively, direct sow March through September. In our area, lettuce can go through winter if protected. Succession sow for continual harvest.
Collect seeds when flowers are downy like dandelions. Cut seed heads and place upside down in a bag to dry for a few days. Knock seed heads against side of bucket or tote, rub downy fluff off seeds. Winnow and screen to clean.