Pretty good. I like the crisp (frilly) lettuce just for a different texture than the butter or oakleaf, so I'll mix it in with other lettuces in a salad. I grow one of each for variety, as noted earlier.
I don't really care too much about the ease of separating the leaves at harvest/cleaning, but I have to admit that it's a nice feature.
I cheated on this. They sell a mix of the red and green butter and red and green oakleaf. Ordered that along with packet each of the green crisp and the red crisp, so getting three packets/6 types to try out. At $5.60-6.10 per packet (that kind of explains my "Durn" remark earlier) it was the only way I could afford to trial that many.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
Post by pepperhead212 on Aug 11, 2021 23:35:10 GMT -5
I planted some seeds from a mesclun mix a few days ago inside - in a few weeks it will hopefully be cool enough to put seedlings out! Curiously, another plant I will have out is an unknown variety from a mesclun mix I grew many years ago, that lasted so long into the summer - well past all of the other lettuces I had - that I had to save seeds from it, which I never did with lettuce! It is a reddish leaf lettuce, and in the years since, I tried everything similar I could find, and nothing lasted as long without bolting, and it grew large, and continued through months of cutting. Also does well in my hydroponics, in the winter. The variety Quatre Saisons had a very similar color, and lasted a long time, but bolted sooner, right next to it.
This year I was running low on the seeds, after 6 or 7 years, so I had to save again. As always, it was last to bolt - all the rest had been pulled, when there was a hint of bolting, so no chance of crossing (and nobody nearby gardens, except for flowers). Here is a photo, showing the long stalk, and the large number of flower heads! Only a few open pappuses, but 2 days ago I took one, and rubbed some of the seeds from it, and planted them in some of those pots on the deck. They were already germinated today! Saving unknown reddish leaf lettuce, 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr