Lettuce Mixes & Gourmet Mesclun Salad Blends
Italian Saladini Blend
30 days. This very Mediterranean blend is a generous mix of colorful Italian loose-leaf lettuces and butterhead types, including Continuity, Mottistone, and New Red Fire lettuces, Bianca Di Milano and Treviso chicories as well as Salad Burnet. This mild blend can be grown spring through fall.
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|Seed Depth||Seed Spacing||Soil Temp for Germ.||Days to Germ.||Thin Plants To|| Approximately 800 seeds per gram.
One gram will sow 15 row feet.
Salad mixes are a staple in our daily lives. Colorful varieties of lettuce, chicory, arugula and curly endive are picked for the daily meal. The preferred planting method is to direct seed into a 4 x 4 foot area every 2-3 weeks. There are 2 ways to harvest the greens. The first is the traditional cut-and-come-again method-if you cut about 2 inches above the ground you will not harm the growing point and the plants will send up new growth. The second method is to pick individual leaves as needed. The best salads are made from young tender leaves. Older, more mature leaves are often more bitter. See the Lettuce culture box for more growing information. Each packet will sow a 4 x 4 foot area unless otherwise noted.
CULTURE: Most lettuces are hardy, cool-season crops that can be planted as early as the soil can be worked. Many do best when the air temperature is between 60-70°F, and will germinate well at soil temperatures as low as 40°F. Choose heat tolerant varieties for summer plantings. Lettuce can be sown either directly into the garden or started indoors and transplanted. With succession plantings every 3 weeks, you can enjoy fresh salads all season. A cold frame and cold-hardy varieties can stretch the spring and fall growing season into the winter months.
TO DIRECT SOW: Sow seed 1 inch apart, in rows 16-18 inches apart. Cover seeds lightly and firm gently. As soon as 2-3 true leaves have formed, thin loose-leaf types 10-14 inches apart and icebergs, butterheads, and romaines 12-16 inches apart.
FOR TRANSPLANTS: Sow 3-4 seeds per inch in sterile seedling mix 3 weeks prior to planting out. Transplant individual plants into pots or cell trays 2 weeks after sowing. Before planting outside, harden off for 2-3 days by reducing water and placing outdoors in a sheltered location. Leafy green vegetables require a moderately fertile soil. One cup of our complete fertilizer per 10 row feet will provide adequate nutrition.
INSECTS/PESTS: Most lettuce grows quickly, so pests aren't a problem. Aphids can be washed off with a strong spray of water, and slugs can be controlled with diatomaceous earth, slug baits, or traps.
HARVEST: During the warmer seasons, lettuce remains in prime eating condition for about 3 weeks. While picking individual leaves helps extend the season somewhat, all eventually become tough and bitter as they begin to bolt. We've found that rinsing lettuce under warm tap water can help reduce bitterness.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 80%. Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding. Usual seed life: 3 years.
What is pelleted seed?
Seed that has been coated with a clay-based material to form a larger, round shape. This makes planting by hand or mechanical seeder easier and allows for more controlled sowing of small seeds such as carrots or lettuce.