Lettuce, Ella Kropf
- Heads grow to the size of a softball
- Soft texture and sweet flavor
- Butterhead lettuce
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Lettuce, Ella Kropf Description
This heirloom lettuce was donated to Seed Savers Exchange in 2005 by Maynard Kropf, the grandson of Amish Mennonites Samuel and Ella May Kropf. They had acquired the seed around 1930 from a man in Steawardson, Illinois. It grew to be a family favorite.
It may be that the ancient Egyptians were the first to cultivate lettuce from a weed, valuable for its oil producing seeds, to a food crop grown for its leaves. The Greeks and Romans adopted the vegetable and it spread to Europe. By the 18th century many varieties of lettuce had been developed that still exist today.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date.
These seeds can be broadcast evenly in sections of the garden to create a bed of tender leaves and thinned to 6 inches apart as they mature. Plant your seeds 1/8-1/2 in. deep.
You can harvest the outer leaves of this plant as they mature or wait till it produces a full-sized head. To prevet the plant from bolting, keep the leaves well watered and cool.
This crop prefers to grow in cool seasons, so gardeners in Zones 8 and warmer should plant this vegetable in the fall. The shade from taller plants can help keep this vegetable cool in sunny gardens and warm climates.