Looseleaf Lettuce

Italienischer Lettuce Organic

Italienischer Lettuce Organic


55 days. Once you grow this variety, you'll know why many people describe Italienischer as a truly magnificent lettuce. Tall, upright, and sturdy 18 inch bright green plants are huge, providing more sustenance per plant than any other variety we know of. Even at its most mature size, this lettuce is sweet and crisp when others have become bitter in summer's heat. Sow spring to fall, and space them farther apart than you normally do.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 800 seeds per gram.
  • LT431/L
  • 1/2 gram Organic
  • $3.75

  • LT431/M
  • 3 grams Organic
  • $7.35

  • LT431/N
  • 1/2 oz Organic
  • $14.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
40-80°F2-151/8"10-16"1"16-18"80%3 years≈ 800Low

Lactuca sativa

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Lettuce performs best in cool weather, 60-70°F, and grows in a wide range of soil types
• Plant as early as soil can be worked
• For extended harvest, plant every 2-3 weeks and choose heat tolerant varieties for summer
• Lettuce seed can be sown every month from February—October
• A cold frame and cold-hardy varieties can stretch the spring and fall growing season into the winter months
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• 1 gram of seed will sow 30 row feet
• Consistent, even watering is critical for best results

Direct Sowing
• Use row cover to improve germination and prevent soil crusting
• As soon as 2-3 true leaves have formed, thin loose-leaf types to 10-14 inches apart; icebergs, butterheads, and romaines to 12-16 inches apart

• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date

Insects & Diseases
Common pests: Aphids and slugs
Pest control: Strong spray of water for aphids or applications of Pyrethrin or Neem oil, baits, traps, or Cabbage Collars for slugs

Harvest & Storage
• While picking individual leaves helps extend the season somewhat, all eventually become bitter as they begin to bolt

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. All pelleted seed has a National Organic Program (NOP) approved coating.

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
BR | Bottom Rot
DM* | Downy Mildew
LD | Lettuce Drop
LMV* | Lettuce Mosaic Virus
Nr* | Lettuce Aphid
PM | Powdery Mildew
Rs | Corky Root
TBSV | Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (Lettuce Dieback Complex)
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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grows in the heat!
Nov 7, 2018  |  By Helen
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I was amazed at this lettuce when I transplanted it out in July, hot summer, and the other lettuce varieties just died. Italienischer was not phased at all and grew great! Big juicy sweet leaves. I am very impressed!
Last to Bolt
Apr 22, 2018  |  By Margaret T.
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Of all the bolt-resistant lettuce varieties I planted, Italienischer was the last to bolt, by far. It stood through some very hot weather and tasted delicious.
Monster lettuce
Feb 2, 2017  |  By Pam
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Italienischer reliably produces massive, rich-tasting (almost spinachy) heads of lettuce. It's proven very disease-resistant and is heat- and cold-tolerant -- one of the last to bolt, and pretty sweet until the end.