Lettuce is generally a cool season crop, bolting when summer temperatures begin to warm. The Nevada lettuce variety is a Summer Crisp or Batavian lettuce that can be grown under cool conditions with additional heat resistance. Lettuce ‘Nevada’ still tastes sweet and mild long after other lettuce plants have bolted. Read on to learn about growing Nevada lettuce in gardens.
About the Nevada Lettuce Variety
Batavian or Summer Crisp lettuces, such as the lettuce ‘Nevada,’ are tolerant of both cool spring temperatures and warming summer temps. Nevada lettuce has thick, ruffled leaves with both a satisfying crunch and velvety smoothness. The outer leaves of Nevada can be harvested or allowed to grow into a gorgeous large, open head.
An additional benefit of growing Nevada lettuce in gardens is its disease resistance. Nevada is not only bolt tolerant but resistant to downy mildew, lettuce mosaic virus and tipburn. Plus, Nevada lettuce can be stored for longer periods when refrigerated immediately after harvest.
Growing Nevada Lettuce in Gardens
This open pollinated variety of Batavian lettuce matures in about 48 days. Mature heads are extremely uniform in appearance and about 6-12 inches 15-30 cm.) in height.
Lettuce can be sown directly into the garden or started indoors 4-6 weeks before the anticipated transplant date. It grows best when temperatures are between 60-70 F. (16-21 C.). For an extended harvest, plant successive plantings every 2-3 weeks.
Sow seeds outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked. Use a row cover to facilitate germination and prevent soil crusting. Lettuce will grow in a wide array of soils but prefers something well-drained, fertile, moist and in full sun.
Lightly cover seeds with soil. When the seedlings have their first 2-3 leaves, thin them to 10-14 inches (25-36 cm.) apart. Keep the plants moderately watered and control weeds and insects.