Buttercrunch Lettuce (53 Days)
This butterhead type produces a loosehead, 8 to 9 inches across. Dark green and slow to bolt, the Buttercrunch Lettuce has been rated one of the dozen best vegetable introductions. It was developed at Cornell in 1963. Resistant to lettuce mosaic virus
Germination: 4-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-75ºF. Soil above 75 ºF inhibits germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: ¼ inch deep
Outside Sowing: Spring when the soil temperature reaches at least 50ºF. Sow 1” apart, thin to 6-12”, depending on the size of lettuce you want, baby to full heads. Keep soil moist during germination. Sow every 2-3 weeks for a longer harvest period. Sow heavy seeded rows every 10-14 days for baby greens using the 1 oz. Pinetree Lettuce Mix.
Starting Indoors: 3-4 weeks before planting outside. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thinning to one per cell/pot. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperatures. Transplant out, 8-12” apart in rows 12” apart.
How much does a packet plant: 25-foot single row
Harvest: Cut whole heads at the base or snip off individual leaves.
Tips: Buttercrunch Lettuce needs fertile soil for optimum growth. Work in compost or well-rotted manure into your soil before planting. Provide adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.