Lettuce, Ella Kropf
- Heads grow to the size of a softball
- Soft texture and sweet flavor
- Butterhead lettuce
- 50-60 days
- ±26,000 seeds/oz
Donated to SSE in 2005 by Maynard Kropf, grandson of Amish Mennonites Samuel and Ella May Kropf. They acquired it circa 1930 from a man in Stewardson, Illinois, and it became a family favorite. Tender green softball-sized heads with round leaves and pleasantly sweet flavor. Butterhead, 50-60 days. ±26,000 seeds/oz.
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.