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50-60 days to maturity. Lactuca sativa ‘Okayama Salad’. Okayama Salad Lettuce Seeds. Non-GMO, cool-season annual heirloom. This early-maturing butterhead lettuce is a Japanese variety known for its delicate flavor and resistance to heat. Deep green leaves form small but delightful heads of tender lettuce. Okayama Salad has moderate cold tolerance and moderate resistance to bolting. Lettuce is adaptable to many growing conditions but likes it cool around 60-65F. These lettuce leaves are so tender, buttery, and delicious that you will want to plant them every year! Approx. 28,400 seeds / oz.
Other Common Names: Butter head lettuce, chisa, daun selada, gie chia wo tsai, letsugas, phak gadhom, phak salat, retasu, salad, salada, sang choy, selada, wo ju, wo tsai, or xa lach.
How to Grow Okayama Salad Lettuce
Prepare fertile, well-draining soil. In cool climates, sow seeds in the spring after the last frost or in the late summer-early fall. In temperate areas, plant in spring or fall. In tropical climates, sow year-round, avoiding the mid-summer. The seeds need light to germinate; do not bury. Make succession plantings every week or two for a continuous supply.
Keep the soil damp but allow it to dry out slightly between waterings. Lettuce has a shallow root system and can be sensitive to over and underwatering. Apply liquid fertilizer or compost tea every three weeks. Lettuce grows best with good air circulation; thin the plants if needed. Provide shade in the hottest months of the summer to slow bolting. Mulch the soil around the plant to avoid disturbing the roots by pulling weeds or hoeing.
Harvesting Okayama Salad Lettuce
Cut off individual leaves throughout the season with sharp scissors or a knife. Harvest the entire rosette/head before it flowers for maximum tenderness.
Toss the young leaves in a salad; a light dressing is all this variety needs to outshine all other fresh-eating lettuce varieties. Perfect for lettuce wraps or simply to snack on.
Tips From Our Gardeners
“If you have ever made Asian lettuce wraps before and used butter lettuce, you know the capacity these lettuces have to really shine! Butter lettuce is my absolute favorite.”
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