Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
LACTUCA sativa 'Salad Bowl'
Garden Lettuce, Looseleaf Lettuce, Salad Bowl Lettuce
An All-American Selection winner in 1952, ‘Salad Bowl’ is flavorful, high-performing looseleaf lettuce. It produces rosettes of ruffled, oak-shaped leaves of light green with a mild flavor and pleasing texture. It is heat tolerant and slow to bolt, which makes it a good variety for continual harvest, if planted in succession. It is ready to harvest 48 to 55 days after planting. Many favor it for edible landscaping because it’s as ornamental as it is delicious.
Loosehead or butterhead lettuce is an annual garden green grown for its smooth, thin, buttery leaves and looser heads. When temperatures warm up, the whole leafy clump elongates and grows upwards. At this stage they are no longer good eating. When fully elongated they become topped with tall branched stems covered with pale yellow flowers followed by fluffy white seedheads. Seed savers should collect the mature seeds for another planting.
In temperate zones lettuce is favored as a spring and fall crop and in frost-free, southern zones it is grown as a winter crop. Full sun and light, fertile, nutrient-rich soil and regular water are needed for good production and performance. Plant lettuce seeds in succession for a longer harvest period. Once lettuce is subjected to hot weather and begins to bolt its flavor usually becomes bitter. At this stage, pull them or let them set seed for collection.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm
10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm
Northern Europe, Northern Africa, Asia
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Light Green
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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