Italienischer Lettuce

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Organic Italienischer Lettuce Seeds

Lactuca sativa
Jagged bright green leaves of this open oakleaf type reach massive proportions.
Art Pack, 250 seeds
Product ID# LT0213A , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC , Grown in the Northeast

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Detailed Product Info

This variety has been a Seed Library seed farm stand-by since the beginning, and we are excited to be putting it in an art pack to celebrate its awesomeness! We love to tell the story of our varieties, and the story of this one begins in the name. It means "Italian" in German. That may be what attracted us to it in the first place, but it's stellar performance, great flavor, and huge proportions keep us growing and selecting and offering it each year. This is our favorite "thin and eat" varieties: the heads do get really large that we harvest every other when they are spaced 10" apart to let the remaining ones reach their pull potential.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 5-10 days
Days to Maturity 55 days
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Spacing in Row 10-18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Height at Maturity 12 inches
Width at Maturity 18 inches
Growing Instructions

Sow indoors beginning 8-10 weeks before last frost, or direct sow beginning about 4 weeks before last frost. Harvest late spring and summer sowings promptly to beat bolting. Continue sowing until about 2 weeks before first fall frost. Lettuce likes steady (but not excessive) moisture and can become prematurely bitter during dry spells; keep irrigated for best-tasting leaves.

About the Art and Artist
Artwork by Jeanne Benson: About the Artist: "Jeanne Benson is inspired by the geometry in nature every day. She takes that inspiration into the studio and re-presents it in her appliqués, pen and ink, and pencil designs. Two of her quilts are included in exhibitions with SITES (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service): Ten of Spades with The Full Deck Art Quilt and Heart of Katell with Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Women Artists and Chefs. She teaches and present programs to quilt guilds and since 1988 for The Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC, and has regularly offered introduction to the basics, drafting, and design classes along with specialty workshops. In 1991 her book, The Art and Technique of Appliqué, was published, and in 1997 she received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Award for her work in appliqué. She has exhibited her quilts locally and nationally through galleries, art centers and quilt programs and participated in the US Department of State-s Arts in Embassies Program. Arrangement for Mixed Greens with Edible Flowers and Raspberry Vinaigrette was juried into Quilt National -05. Since 1999 Benson has exhibited with The New Image Group, a metropolitan DC area-based fiber art group." About the Art: Applique and quilt artist Jeanne Benson creates "recipe quilts" that depict a dish's ingredients. Here, she has created a German-Italian salad out of dyed fabrics, which includes Italienischer Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and nasturtium blossoms.

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