Lettuce, Focus (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green Butterhead. 55 days.
Focus is a solid green butterhead with slightly thicker than average leaves which deliciously do not melt in your mouth like so many other butterheads, but rather crunch slightly. Still pleasingly tender, just not overly so. Leaves are sweet and hold up well for market. More substantial leaves make it more heat resistant and good for summer production. Another treasure of a lettuce rescued by USDA GRIN. Focus was bred in the mid-1990s by a large seed company who applied for a PVP but dropped the application a few years later. As far as we know, it was never available commercially. We sourced it from GRIN a few years back and are happy to have it available, as we think it is a good lettuce for organic production.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year-round. Transplant into the garden at 1′ spacing 3-4 weeks after sprouting. 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.