SALINAS, Calif. (May 24, 2007) Synonymous with growing up in America, Iceberg lettuce is, in a way, the ultimate comfort food. It’s simple, reliable, and its incredible staying power has allowed it to be a cultural culinary icon for over 100 years. Even James Beard – the father of American gastronomy – was a fan, saying, “Many people damn it, but it adds good flavor and a wonderfully crisp texture to a salad.” (“It also keeps longer than other lettuces,” he pointed out.)
This food is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Iron and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese.
Sun: Full Sun
Optimum Soil ph: 5.8-6.5
Days To Maturity: 55-75 Days
Sowing Method: Indoors or Outdoor Sow
When beginning transplants, stagger the start of your seedlings to spread out the crop. For example, if you are going to grow 24 plants, sow six in the seed tray today, sow six more a week later, etc.
Transplant lettuce seedlings into the garden after all danger of frost has past. Ideally, transplant them on a cool or cloudy day. Water well after transplanting. Space plants 12″ apart in rows 18″ apart.
The trick to successfully growing lettuce, is to keep it growing fast, with lots of water and fertilizer. The soil should be rich and fertile, and well draining. Keep the soil moist. Frequent use of nitrogen rich fertilizer is recommended. The plants respond well to regular applications of liquid fertilizer.