Lettuce, Merveille des Quartre Saisons
- Leaves are tinged with red
- Holds well in heat, best color in cool seasons
- Bibb or Butterhead lettuce
- 60 days
- ±26,000 seeds/oz
(aka Marvel of Four Seasons) French historic variety described in Vilmorin’s The Vegetable Garden (1885). Pretty reddish bibb-type rosette with a crisp texture and excellent flavor. Does well in all sorts of climates and can withstand heat. The dark red color develops best in cool spring or autumn weather. Butterhead, 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.