Lettuce, 'Grandpa Admire's'

*Ark of Taste Heirloom*
This might be our favorite lettuce we grow here at Uprising and one that deserves a better look from market growers. Admires’ produces VERY large blocky dense green heads blushed with just the right amount of red to the tips of the leaves. Extremely uniform, it holds up well to packing. Some classify it as a butterhead which I don’t think is entirely right (probably more akin to Batavian/summercrisp types). It will form a loose head if left to full maturity. Firm texture similar to a tender romaine. Presented to the Seed Saver Exchange in 1977 by 90 year old Cloe Lowrey, granddaughter to civil war veteran George Admire (b. 1822).
55 days. UO

Packet: 1g (~800 seeds)

Product Code: LET-AD-pkt

Availability:In stock

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Growing Info


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.




12" in rows 15" apart.


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


Full sun to part shade


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


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.