Lettuce ‘Quattro Stagioni’
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Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa
Heritage: Italy, circa 1880
‘Quattro Stagioni’ is a wonderful heirloom butterhead Lettuce with creamy green leaves that have gorgeous red tips.
This rustic red lettuce has round, medium sized hearts with an excellent taste and very smooth texture, that’s sweet and crispy even in warm weather. It is very cold resistant and in cool weather the red colour intensifies.
Quattro Stagioni originates from Italy and translates to ‘four seasons’, so as its name suggests this lettuce can generally be grown throughout the year. It’s great for sowing and harvesting throughout spring and summer, and it has good adaptability to different environmental conditions.
Perfect for eating as baby leaf from approx. 30 days, or harvesting whole at maturity from approx. 60 days.
Spring - Autumn
Sow Direct, or Transplant
Lettuce is best sown spring through autumn. Seeds can be sown in trays for transplanting, or directly in place approx. 20cm apart when soil temperatures are between 10°c – 25°c.
10°c - 25°c
5 - 12 days
Transplant seedlings – or thin directly sown seeds – once plants have several true leaves to a final spacing of approx. 20cm – 30cm apart. You can eat or re-transplant any thinnings.
It is suited for growing in pots or containers if garden space is limited.
20cm - 30cm
30 - 60 days
It is also known as Meraviglia delle Quattro Stagioni, and Merveille de Quatre Saisons, which translate from Italian and French respectively as ‘Wonder of the Four Seasons’.
Lettuce is easy to grow, but is best grown quickly for the hearts to form and develop properly. To encourage rapid growth add generous amounts of finished compost and organic matter to your garden beds, and regularly give supplemental feedings (such as of seaweed tonic or compost tea).
As lettuce has a relatively shallow root system keep well watered for best results, especially in dry conditions. Mulching well will help with moisture retention and encouraging it to crop quickly.
If sowing close to winter, transplanting can work well for allowing plants to get underway without experiencing significant losses from bug attacks. Always ensure to remain vigilant for hungry slugs, snails and caterpillars.
Lettuce is very suitable for inter-cropping between taller, long-standing vegetables, such as beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc.
Sowing a small amount regularly will help ensure a continuous supply.
APPROX SEEDS PER PACKET:
|HOME GARDEN ($3.50)||1,000 seeds|