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Salinas Head Lettuce

Salinas Head Lettuce

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70 to 90 days — 'Salinas' is a crisphead-type lettuce that develops into solid, medium-large heads with outer wrapper leaves that are slightly dull-green in color, with scalloped or wavy leaf margins. The interiors are creamy, firm to hard at maturity, spherical and slightly bald on top, with bottoms that are slightly flattened with flat ribs. It is heat resistant and thrives in locations that receive full sun to partial shade. Although developed as a commercial shipping variety commonly grown in coastal areas, it is well adapted for most climates and an excellent choice for home gardeners.[1,2]

Introduced in 1975, 'Salinas' was bred by Edward J. Ryder at the USDA, Agricultural Research Station in Salinas, California. Dr. Ryder was known as "Dr. Lettuce" or "The Lettuce King," and was acknowledged as the world's foremost expert in the genetics and breeding of lettuce. 'Salinas' is reportedly resistant to tipburn.[1,2,4] It was so commercially successful that it became a standard production variety and commonly found at produce stands. As a standard, it was further improved upon and became a parent of subsequent varieties.[3] Each packet contains one gram.
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Planting Instructions: Lettuce and other greens thrive in cool spring and fall weather (50° F to 60° F). A few greens can handle summer heat, but most of them prefer the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. Most lettuce and greens can withstand occasional exposure to light frost but if very cold weather is coming, protect your plants with a frost cover.

Sowing: Prepare the seedbed outdoors using a hard tined rake, smoothening out the soil. Lightly sow and just barely cover the seeds with soil. Keep soil moist until germination is achieved. You can also start seeds indoors by sowing into seed starting trays using fresh new seed starting potting mix into clean seed starting trays. Just barely cover the seeds and keep well watered until they sprout. Harden off and transplant into the garden after about 3 weeks.
Informational References:
  1. "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America – Lettuce (M-Z): Lists 1-27 Combined," Edited by Edward J. Ryder, James D. McCreight and Beiquan Mou, U.S. Agricultural Research Station, Salinas, California.
  2. "Salinas Stands Lettuce Industry on Its Head," by Marcia Wood, Agricultural Research Magazine, USDA, April, 1995.
  3. "ARS Scientists Develop Seven New Iceberg Lettuce Breeding Lines With BLS Resistance," by NS Energy Staff Writer, April 12, 2009.
  4. Note: Tipburn causes leaf edges to brown and die. That makes the lettuce vulnerable to attack by slime-producing bacteria and fungi.