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Old December 13, 2015   #46
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Since I don't fish like I used to....I just go to the garden.
Since I dont know the names of the lettuce I thought you were comparing lettuce to fish at first.
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Old December 13, 2015   #47
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We still had temps up to 102' in Sept and Nevada held up fine.
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Old December 13, 2015   #48
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I posted this link in another thread some time ago.
In many plants they say day length has to do with bolting but you can also look at it as how many hours of darkness.
If the darkness is interrupted these plants wont bloom.
Even a street light or even car lights can make this happen.
To make a Jade plant bloom you have to keep it in the closet at night so it will if there are going to be lights turned on at night..
The same goes for many other plants as well.
You simply have to blast you plants with light in the middle of the dark period and many times they wont bloom.
This is why people that grow certain plants use a light spectrum plants cant see when they are looking at them during the dark period.
This is green.
The temperature has little if any effect on bolting.
Why the confusion?
Long days and hot days come hand in hand.
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Old December 13, 2015   #49
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Try Concept lettuce. It's delicious and sprout well and grows in hot weather in Florida. It's probably a cross with some kind of Batavian and is mild but leaves are soft and tender but strong.
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Old December 14, 2015   #50
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Butterhead! In fact I'm starting some to grow all winter under some lights because I miss delicious lettuce and even the speciality/organic mixed greens boxes aren't as good.

I also like the mini Romaines like the Mini Paris Cos I grew this year. One head makes a perfect meal. I think I'll be able to grow those over winter too...

Non lettuce greens I like best are Rainbow Swiss Chard and baby beet greens!



I was going to ask what the best lettuces for summer growing are...but I saw the recommendations and now I'm going to add those to the seed shopping list for next year!

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Old December 14, 2015   #51
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Butter crunch, romaine, red romaine, and red leaf. All yummy and use them as you go... :-)

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Old December 14, 2015   #52
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We only grow 2 varieties of lettuce, Merlot and Freckles. Merlot is a dark burgundy color and Freckles is a light green color with brown Freckles. Both are of French origin and do exceptionally well here in the PNW
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Old December 14, 2015   #53
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Merlot is an showstopper among lettuces! I love the deep red of this variety!
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Old December 14, 2015   #54
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My favorite lettuce is that which is on my BLT............just kidding.

I'm partial to romaine types myself. I can't specify a variety favorite though.

Nevada sounds very good. I may have to give it a try as well.
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Old December 15, 2015   #55
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I Also plant this "msclun" salad mix that has several lettuce and some non-lettuce in it like arugula, mustard green, ... . Of course, not every seed packet will be the same as you had before. But it is fun to grow.

Here is a picture to add some color to the thread.
Talking about lettuce ? No picture ? It is like a dog without a bone.
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Old December 16, 2015   #56
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Thanks for the many recommendations for 'Nevada', will try that one in the coming season. My favourites: Forellenschluss, Ear of the Devil, Drunken Woman, Plato (large romaine). Also plant "bouquets" of a mild mesclun mix as well as chinese cabbage. Those Plato can get so large that one almost fills a 3 or 5 gallon bucket. I must say that I like the crunchy sweet centre ribs of all lettuce, the best part! I start the first batch of lettuce and set out transplants; start only 4 or 6 of each variety by a not-very-dense-planting method. Then they get transplanted into 4 inch pots, and I have never really seen any wilting at all when planted out. Also, at time of plant out, I sow seed of the same varieties in between the transplants and try to maintain a 3 week succession seeding programme (not always successfully ...) Twice in the past 7 years some of the Drunken Woman lettuce has successfully overwintered (and believe me, we can have severe winters) and got lovely large plants to harvest very early - it must depend upon the right combination of snow over the small plants before the really cold temperatures hit. In any case, I make it a practice to leave the plants from the last sowing if they are too small for harvest in the fall.
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Drunken Woman - what a name for a salad

I never heard about this - how does it look like ?
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Old December 16, 2015   #58
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My favorites a Butter Crunch, Amish Deer Tongue (just pick the leaves and it keeps kicking out lettuce) and Tango.

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My favorite lettuce now seems to be spinach or swiss chard. They both seem to have more flavor to me.
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Aubergine, I am sorry to be so late with an answer to your question. Drunken Woman is a large, semi-looseleaf lettuce, bright green with red/mahogany tips. It is rather frilly, and apparently that is why the name (a tousled, 'frizzy' appearance). It is slow to bolt, and does well in cool weather.
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