Hot Weather Lettuce

Dan StaleyJuly 14, 2010

I may be repeating myself, but I have to share this lettuce: 'Mottistone'. A couple plants are just now starting to bolt, while the ones shaded are still going strong,, even after a bout of caterpillars. We've had quite a few days over 90ºF + and amazing resistance to heat. It has also made the 7 y.o. ask for salads almost daily.


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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Dan, I grew one this year that looks very similar, it's called Freckles. This one was planted at the community garden in full (all day) sun, and it still hasn't bolted. However, mine it almost completely green. I wonder if the amount of sun it gets altered the coloring a bit?

The Simpson Elite is starting to bolt, and the Cimmaron is looking like it is heading that way, but New Red Fire, and Nevada are still going strong.

None of the ones I'm growing are a solid red color though. Any thoughts on a good, heat resistant red lettuce?

It's going to be another scorcher today, so I'm thinking a salad for dinner sounds pretty good! I'm thinking there might even be a carrot or two that's ready for picking ...


    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 10:57AM
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Dan Staley

Bonnie, my 'Freckles' bolted already, looks similar but smaller dots, maybe sun is bleaching somewhat. I had a red-ish butterhead called 'Skyphos' that bolted early (but still took some heat) . 'Mottistone' is all I have left of all the "heat-tolerant" types. But my garden is against a south brick wall, so hotter here and warmer nights on the SW side of a hill...


    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 11:32AM
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Have I posted this link to that CSU research on lettuce varieties and bolting lately?

I think Nevada is a great choice. I guess I really should explore these Summer Crisp/Batavian choices a little more.

It's good to be able to celebrate a variety that performs well!


Here is a link that might be useful: Lettuce varieties

    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 10:30PM
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This is my first year but I've been having good luck with 'Salad Bowl' - I just wish I liked the taste better!!! oh well. I also have some 'Summertime' in but it's been slower going. I'm hoping it's better tasting.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 2:50PM
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