There are so many lettuce varieties available to gardeners, it can get a little overwhelming. All those leaves can start to look the same, and picking the right seeds to plant can start to seem impossible. Reading this article will help illuminate at least one of those varieties. Keep reading to learn more about growing Emerald Oak lettuce.
Emerald Oak Lettuce Info
What is Emerald Oak lettuce? This cultivar is a cross between two other lettuce varieties: Blushed Butter Oak and Deer Tongue. It was originally developed in 2003 by Frank and Karen Morton, owners of Wild Garden Seed, who over the years have bred countless new kinds of greens.
It is apparently a favorite on the Morton farm. The lettuce grows in dense, compact heads of rounded leaves that are a shade of bright green you could easily describe as “emerald.” It has juicy, buttery heads that are known for their flavor.
It can be harvested young for baby salad greens, or it can be grown to maturity and harvested all at once for its tasty outer leaves and pleasant, tightly packed hearts. It is especially resistant to tipburn, yet another plus.
Growing Emerald Oak Lettuce at Home
The lettuce “Emerald Oak” variety can be grown much like any other kind of lettuce. It likes neutral soil, though it can tolerate some acidity or alkalinity.
It needs moderate water and partial to full sun, and it grows best in cool weather. When temperatures get too high, it will bolt. That means it should be planted either in early spring (a few weeks before the last frost of spring) or late summer for a fall crop.
You can sow your seeds directly in the ground under a thin layer of soil, or start them indoors even earlier and transplant them out as the last frost approaches. Heads of the Emerald Oak lettuce variety take about 60 days to reach maturity, but small individual leaves can be harvested earlier.
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.
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