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.
Lettuce 'Catalogna Cerbiatta' has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
- 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 probably don't need to eat 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.
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”)
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.
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.
Avoid following radicchio, endive, escarole or artichoke.
Everything, but especially carrot, garlic, onion, and radish.
Since reading about the amount of salad bags that are recalled, whether it be through outbreaks of E-coli or Salmonella, We have also found out that they wash the leaves with chlorine, fumigate with ozone and then "adjust" the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the bag to keep the lettuce fresh longer – No wonder they taste weird - Yuk! - Grow your own, wash your lettuce well and dry with a salad spinner. Of course this runs contrary to what some professionals would like you to believe.
- Additional Information
Packet Size 1 gram Average Seed Count 900 Seeds Seeds per gram 900 seeds per gram Common Name Loose Leaf, Oakleaf Lettuce Family Asteraceae Genus Lactuca Species sativa var. crispa Cultivar Catalogna cerbiatta Synonym Continental Lettuce Hardiness Hardy Annual Time to Harvest 40 days to Harvest
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