Oakleaf Green Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'Oakleaf Green'
This plant has no fragrance
Oakleaf Green Lettuce Overview
Oakleaf lettuce is a cool weather looseleaf crop, so make sure they are not exposed to too much sun or very hot weather. The flavour of freshly picked lettuce from the garden beats bought lettuces any day. Lettuce plants also serve as a wonderful ornamental in gardens and use different colors and leaf textures to make pretty patterns in your vegetable beds.
Common problems with Oakleaf Green Lettuce
Lettuce rot attacks the lower leaves in contact with the soil and then spreads throughout the plant. Prevent fungal and bacterial diseases by rotating crops. Don't plant lettuce in the same bed two years in a row. Look out for slugs and snails and even birds love the crispy healthy leaves.
Oakleaf Green Lettuce Companion Plants
How to harvest Oakleaf Green Lettuce
Harvest as soon as the leaves are large enough to use. Don't wait too long, as the lettuce eventually develops a bitter flavour and woody texture. Harvest older leaves first, using clean kitchen shears to cut the plants nearly to ground or pick a few leaves at a time as needed from the outside leaving the centre to regrow.
How to propagate Oakleaf Green Lettuce
Sow directly, 1.25 cm deep and in rows 20 -30 cm apart. Germination takes 7-14 days. Sow during Spring and Summer. Repeat every few weeks to have a continuous supply!
Special features of Oakleaf Green Lettuce
Can be planted in a container, provided it is wide enough, minimum of 30 cm.
Rotate crop every two years with alternative crops like legumes, cabbages and heavy feeders like tomatoes.
Other uses of Oakleaf Green Lettuce
This variety is used fresh in salads and sandwiches.
Rich in vitamins A, B and C, minerals like Magnesium and Potassium and almost as much Calcium as milk!