Lettuce, Snowflake (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.
A Ukrainian green-leaf type lettuce reported to be very popular with commercial growers in Ukraine. The bright green leaves have crisp ribs and frilly leaf margins. Early to size up, Snowflake is a vigorous lettuce with good bolt resistant. Plants attain a very large size if not harvested young for salad mix and are tolerant of both cool and warm weather. Not the best for the hot extremes of summer or the coldest parts of winter, we recommend it for nearly year-round production. Aka, Snizhynka.
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.