Joker Lettuce

Certified Organic

Lactuca sativa

Very hardy, heat- and cold-resistant crisphead.

Are plant breeders fools or oracles, magicians or scientists? In the case of Frank Morton, all of the above. Frank is like an entire tarot deck of auspices balancing the known and unknown with the energies of the plants. With each cross, a myriad of possible futures unfolds. Sometimes Frank plays the Joker or the Fool. An uncomfortable place for many, but the perfect milieu for a plant breeder. Out of his deck of traits, he created this entertaining lettuce, destined to become an heirloom of the future.

This highly adaptable variety will perform well in all growing seasons and has excellent heat and cold resistance. It forms a tight, savoyed head with bold red and pink splashes of color, and is firm and crisp in texture. Harvest from baby-leaf size until the heads are fully mature, at which point they will have a crunchy, sweet core.


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Direct sow as soon as soil can be worked. Continue until late Summer. All lettuce appreciates steady water, so provide irrigation during hot and dry periods. Lettuce generally prefers fertile soil and cool to moderate conditions, but adaptable Joker will also perform well in a variety of other growing conditions. Full sun is ideal, but a bit of shade—especially in the heat of summer—is just fine.

Days to Germination 3-10 days
Days to Maturity 55 days
Planting Depth ¼"
Spacing in Row 12"
Spacing Between Rows 12"
Height at Maturity 8"
Width at Maturity 8"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Jessica Roux. Jessica created three classic tarot cards to tell this seed's story. It's a portrait of Frank Morton dancing his way off of a Joker Lettuce plant. His hat's three points are the colors of the varieties used to create this lettuce. 

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