Lactuca sativa var asparagina
Chinese stem lettuce originated in southern China. Stem lettuce is grown mainly for the tasty stalk with celery-like flavor. Leaves are broad, oval-shaped and green color. Stems are thick, tender and crisp with white flesh. This is an early maturing variety and has good cold tolerance.
- Cool season annual
- Approx. 1000-1500 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- 290,000 seed count per pound.
- Maturity: Approx. 75-85 days
- Planting season: Spring or late summer to early fall
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. In cool areas sow seeds in spring after last frost or late summer to early fall in a sunny location. Recommended to sow in seed trays in cool areas, and seedlings are transplanted later into open field. In temperate areas, sow in spring or fall. In tropical areas, sow year round. Seeds need light to germinate, so do not plant too deep. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Use the young leaves in salad or cook lightly. Stalks are eaten fresh or cooked. Peel outer skin and slice the stalk. Use in salad, pickled, soup and stir fry with meat, poultry or fish.