Lettuce, George Richardson (Organic)

Lactuca sativa. Bronze Romaine. 30 days baby; 65 full.

This heritage lettuce from the United Kingdom is similar in flavor profile to other bronze romaines, which as a group are noticeably sweeter than other lettuce types. George Richardson has special bragging rights, though – in the 2009 evaluations done by Garden Organic / Heritage Seed Library, this family heirloom lettuce earned the title of the “best performing” heirloom. Loose heads are winter hardy and slow to bolt. Good field resistance to downy mildew. Given to the Seed Ambassadors Project by the Heritage Seed Library in England. It was donated to them by the late Mr. Richardson’s wife, who said it had been in the family for at least 60 years.

Seed produced by Persephone Farm in Lebanon, Oregon.


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Geographical Origin

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.

Seed Saving

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.

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