Lettuce, Victoria Batavian (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green Crisphead. 45-55 days.
A vibrant green, summer crisphead variety. There are so many names for this type of lettuce – summer crisp, crispleaf – and we prefer crisphead because they all make a nice crispy head. This is very true for Victoria Batavian. We spent several years trialing summer lettuce varieties and, along with Saragossa, Victoria Batavian is one of the best from those trials. The origin of this variety is somewhat obscure and our research has traced it back to the 1990s at Johnny’s Selected Seed. The stewardship torch was passed to Turtle Tree Seeds, which is where we found it. We are happy to bring it to Oregon and help keep this excellent variety available. Not the same as the newer green butterhead lettuce named Victoria.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
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.