Lettuce, 'Merveille des Quatre Saisons'


(Lactuca sativa) We originally never gave the French classic ‘Marvel of Four Seasons’ much of a second thought. We have a tendency to focus our attention on the rare or the outliers, and Marvel felt boring in its “commonness”: found in practically every catalog, not extraordinary in color or size or shape. On a whim, after hearing from a commercial grower whom we admire that it was their favorite lettuce, we grew a large plot of it and are thankful we did! It now ranks among the very favorites of our good-sized collection of lettuce varieties. A savoyed French butterhead with bright red contrasted against dark green leaves, it's picture-perfect with beautifully proportioned heads. Delightfully substantial and crisp in a salad from its colorful outer leaves to its blanched and tightly wrapped core and with the added benefit of harvest over an extended season and into the winter in more mild areas. I suppose some varieties become popular for a reason… Highly recommended.
50-60 days. UO

Packet: 1g (~800 seeds)

Product Code: LET-MQ-pkt

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Growing Info

SOWING:

Sow indoors 4 weeks before your last frost.

Transplant out 3-4 week old plants.

Direct seed after last frost.

Sow every 3 weeks for constant lettuce.

Note: Seeds will become dormant if exposed to high temperatures. Lettuce grows best in cooler weather.

PLANTING DEPTH:

1/8-1/4"

SPACING:

12" in rows 15" apart.

EMERGENCE:

2-10 days @ soil temp 68F and lower.

LIGHT:

Full sun to part shade

FERTILITY:

Medium. Prefers well-drained, and evenly moist soil and is sensitive to low pH.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Uneven watering can result in tip burn, the browning of the leaf margins, which is the result of an inability of the plant to move calcium to the growing edge fast enough to meet its growth needs. Consistent, evenly moist soil or calcium amendments can be beneficial if this seems to be a problem.

Hot weather can cause premature bolting. Generally, when the plants begin to stretch upwards (to flower), the leaves become bitter and the eating quality poor.