Lettuce, Hanson Red (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green and Red Crisphead. 65 days.
This Batavian type is one of our best lettuces for summer production. Dense heads with thick, dark green leaves and red tips. Delightfully crunchy and resists tip-burn. Very slow to bolt. Not suited to winter production. This lettuce comes to us from a Seed Savers Exchange member and is different from the commercial standard of the early 1900s called Hanson, which does not have any red coloration.
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.