Lettuce, Romulus (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green Romaine. 30 days baby; 60 full.
Big, dark-green romaine with a crunchy, delicious, sweet flavor. The heads are slow to bolt and leaves form tightly without folding over on themselves to blanch a heart that is sweet. Heat tolerant and productive, we recommend this romaine especially for organic farm production, and it’s perfect for gardens, too. Released by Petoseed in 1991 before their infamous mergers. Formerly a PVP, the so-called “protection” recently expired and this wonderful lettuce is now in the public domain. Originating from a cross between Valmaine and 24069, a University of Florida lettuce. Selected for tip burn and bolt resistance, large plants, non-cupping leaves and resistance to lettuce mosaic virus.
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.