Lettuce, Morgana (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Red Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.
Red and green semi-oak leaf heads have some arrowhead/canary tongue shape. The sweet juicy flavor, cold and heat tolerance, as well as the large and vigorous plants, all come together to make this one a favorite. Great for salad mix and for unique full-sized heads. This lettuce is very popular with seed savers in the Pacific Northwest but has rarely been commercially available. We sourced Morgana originally from Washington seed saver Alice Swan in 2010, who got it from lettuce collector and Seed Savers Exchange Curator Mary Schultz of Monroe, Washington.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, 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.