Ice Queen (Reine des Glaces) Crisphead Lettuce Seeds


This packet sows up to 151 feet.
4.625 out of 5 stars
(8 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
'Ice Queen' dates back to 1883, and gets its name because it is cold tolerant, but also tolerates heat well and is slow to bolt. Also considered a summer crisp or Batavia, this bright, emerald green lettuce with frilly leaves has crisp texture and excellent fresh flavor. Also delicious as a baby green in as little as 21 days. You can harvest the outer, frilly leaves while waiting for the head to form.
$2.29 1 gram (~680 seeds)

Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa

Days to Maturity: 21-62 days

Family: Asteraceae

Native: Unknown; lettuce has been in cultivation for a long time.

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual

Plant Dimensions: 6"–10" tall and 8" wide

Variety Information: Small, emerald-green center head surrounded by outer leaves with jagged, spikey edges (resembles a crown surrounding the center head). 'Ice Queen' is a crisphead type lettuce with a more open habit than traditional iceberg and is also considered a summer crisp type.

Attributes: Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 40°F, ideally 60°–70°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 to 6 weeks before your average first fall frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in fall and winter for cool season harvests.

When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, and in summer when soil temperatures are too warm (above 80°F) to germinate lettuce seed.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: Surface to ⅛"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"

Row Spacing: 10"

Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 8"

Harvesting: Harvest in the morning, by cutting off at ground level. If regrowth is desired, cut the leaves higher, at 2". For a continual supply, outer, individual leaves can be harvested at any stage of maturity, but leave at least half of the plant for regrowth.

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Ice Queen (Reine des Glaces) Crisphead Lettuce Seeds Reviews

8 reviews

The way lettuce should taste

5 out of 5 stars May 16, 2019
This is an easy to grow, loose head forming lettuce. It is frost tolerant but grows slowly in cold soil so I start it under lights, harden off and set out as early as 3 or 4 weeks before the last frost date. Far more flavor than a standard iceberg, with no bitterness.
Tony from MA

A good lettuce

5 out of 5 stars Jun 28, 2020
Tastes like lettuce should taste. Crunchy too. Will form a lightly-wound head if you wait for it and is not likely to bolt quickly (though it will if too hot and dry.) I start under lights in early spring but still set out early, a couple weeks before last frost. I keep a flat or two going under lights or in a protected area to fill in harvested areas in my kitchen garden as the season goes on.
Terence from MA


4 out of 5 stars Jul 21, 2020
This year's planting of Summer Crisp ( with the French name ) does not look the same as last year's Summer Crisp. Still edible, but is it a different variety yet still called a summer crisp?
Carolyn metz from CT
Owner Response: Hi Carolyn, You are right, this heirloom cultivar fall into the summer crisp group which has several, diverse cultivars. Enjoy!


3 out of 5 stars Dec 6, 2020
I started these in the early Fall and they haven't done great, but they aren't failing either. I will try them again this summer.
Denise Vanden Bos from CA

Great little lettuce!

5 out of 5 stars Jan 7, 2021
I planted these in late 2020 for an autumn harvest and i have to say im impressed with these! They held their own even despite the wild temperature swings from hot, to cold, to hot again that we were having and never once bolted. They were a little smaller than i expected but i believe that was due to an error on my part with fertilizing them. Definitely worth growing again.
Justin from VA

Beautiful Giant Heads of Lettuce

5 out of 5 stars Mar 26, 2021
2021 was my first time growing this variety of lettuce. Started them indoors the first week of January and planted them out at the end of February. They are now gigantic! The leaves are crisp and have a lovely flavor with no bitterness at all. Not sure if it will survive the summer heat here in TX, but planning on planting them again in the fall.
Lizzy from TX

Lettuce- Ice wueen

5 out of 5 stars Aug 25, 2021
Nice and crisp, slow to bolt, would grow again
Jan from CO

Best crisp

5 out of 5 stars Jun 8, 2022
I planted in the fall under cover. It sprouted and did well all winter. Springtime we had beautiful heads of tasty crisp lettuce highly recommend
Sandi from CA

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