Lettuce 'Catalogna Cerbiatta' (Collection)

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A highly ornamental oakleaf lettuce which produces masses of deeply lobed leaves. With good flavour and texture, the compact plants will grow easily in a pot or in the garden. This variety tolerates heat very well, but also excels in cooler climates.

Catalogna Cerbiatta which produces masses of deep lobed leaves which are perfect for baby leaf salads.

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  • Catalogna Cerbiatta which produces masses of deep lobed leaves which are perfect for baby leaf salads.
  • Catalogna Cerbiatta has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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A highly ornamental Oakleaf variety which produces masses of deeply lobed leaves which are perfect for baby leaf salads. The thick leaves have good flavour and texture and the compact plants will grow easily in a pot as well as in the garden.

Oakleaf Lettuce was first described way back in 1686 and has remained popular among gardeners ever since due to its tasty oak-leaf shaped, green leaves. This variety tolerates heat very well, but also excels in cooler climates.

  • One of the best lettuces for Baby leaf and Salads
  • Cut and Come again
  • 40 days to Harvest 

Whether you have an allotment or a window box; a smallholding or a large one; a de Thame garden or a Wilde one, there is a lettuce for every location, in every season. Lettuce will grow in conventional garden soil, or in a Gro-bag or a pot, on any soil-based or soil-less compost. Lettuce will grow in a tub on the patio, in a pot by the back door, in a window-box, on a balcony, on a roof-garden, or even on the bathroom window-sill. If you have none of these, then you must be an alien, and don't deserve lettuce!

For the best lettuce... Never sow a whole row at once, a small row about 60cm (2ft) long is adequate for most households. For a continuous crop, sow short rows every two weeks.

Prepare the site: Lettuce can grow from seed to salad in about 1 month in many regions, and only a little longer in others. The key to tender and tasty lettuce is rapid growth, however lettuce has a relatively shallow and compact root system that doesn't absorb nutrients and moisture from the soil very efficiently, which can slow the growth. So to encourage fast growth, add plenty of finished compost before planting and again as a side-dressing a week or so after seedlings appear or transplants are planted. Give supplemental feedings of compost tea every few weeks until harvest.

Sowing: Sow indoors: Anytime of year for Babyleaf and 4 weeks before transplanting outside. Sow outdoors: When soil can be worked in the spring Spacing in beds : Leaf lettuce for continuous harvest: 1.3cm (½") in bands.

Sow at a seed depth of 6-13mm (¼-½") Seed will germinate in 7-14 days. The perfect temperature for germination is 4 to 16°C (40-60°F) germination rates decline above 20°C (68°F) Sow seeds in short rows about 30cm (12”) apart. To do this, make a shallow trench with a cane about 1.5cm (1/2”) deep. Tip a small amount of seed into your hand, take a pinch and spread thinly along the trench. Cover with soil, label and water. If birds are a problem in your garden, spread netting to prevent them eating the seed. When the seedlings are about 2cm (1”) tall, thin them out to give them space to grow, 15-20cm (6-8”)

Aftercare: Keep soil just moist. This is particularly important when the lettuces are one or two weeks away from harvesting, as dry soil now will cause the plants to put their energy into producing flowers.

Harvesting: Harvest as soon as they are big enough for the salad bowl. The harvest is over when a central stem starts to form. This is the signal that the plant is getting ready to bolt, then the leaves will be bitter.

Rotation considerations: Avoid following radicchio, endive, escarole or artichoke.

Good Companions: Everything, but especially carrot, garlic, onion, and radish.

Bad Companions: None

Additional Information

Packet Size 2.5 grams
Average Seed Count 2,250 Seeds
Genus Lactuca
Species sativa var. crispa
Cultivar Catalogna cerbiatta
Synonym Continental Lettuce
Common Name Loose Leaf, Oakleaf Lettuce
Other Common Names No
Hardiness Hardy Annual
Hardy No
Flowers No
Natural Flower Time No
Fruit No
Foliage No
Height No
Spread No
Spacing No
Time to Harvest 40 days to Harvest
Size No
Qualities No
Position No
Aspect No
Soil No
Season No
Harvest No
Time to Sow No
Growing Period No
Coverage No
Germination No
Notes No

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