Lettuce Iceberg Heirloom Seed Packets
Iceberg The King of the Lettuce Garden, "Iceberg"
is America's runaway favorite.
Super crisp, great in almost all salads.
Iceberg lettuce has a tightly formed head of
crisp, sweetly blanched leaves.
Leaves on the outside are green, giving way
to blanched pale yellow to whitish center leaves.
The sweetest leaves are in the center.
Iceberg lettuce will grow up to about a foot in diameter,
Days To Maturity: 65-85 days
Approximately 400 seeds per packet.
Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa
Head type lettuces generally
produce a moderate to tight head,
and are usually grown out to full size to harvest.
Plant Iceberg in succession every
2-3 weeks to extend your season.
Head lettuces need a
longer season and are
usually less tolerant of heat
than leaf types or romaines.
Lettuce is best direct sown
as soon as soil can be worked
in cool weather and cool
soil temperatures (45-65F).
Plant 1/8 inch deep in rows 12-18 inches
apart in loose soil, and keep moist.
Thin to 8-12 inches apart,
using those pulled for baby greens.
Lettuce grows best in
cool weather (75F or cooler)
and can be of poor quality,
bolt, or go dormant in warm weather.
How To Harvest Lettuce Iceberg Heirloom Seeds
Harvesting the lettuce seed is very simple.
Using a brown grocery bag, gently bend
the stalk over
(careful not to shake the seed loose onto the ground)
until the flower heads are inside the bag.
Then hold the bag around the stalk and shake it.
The ripe lettuce seeds will fall into your bag.
Continue doing this with all the lettuce plants.
Store the bag indoors in a cool, dry,
dark space in between harvests.
The best way to separate
the tiny lettuce seeds from
the chafe and fine lettuce
feathers is to use small screens.
Get out as much chafe as possible
without losing your seed.