Ice Queen (Reine des Glaces) Summer Crisp Lettuce Seeds

Heirloom

#0305
This packet sows up to 151 feet.
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. This bright, emerald green lettuce with frilly leaves has crisp texture and excellent fresh flavor. Also delicious as a baby green. Once leaves have been cut, plants continue to grow.
$1.89 1 gram

Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa

Days to Maturity: 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 summer crisp type lettuce, which is like an iceberg but with a more open habit.

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) Summer Crisp Lettuce Seeds Reviews

3 reviews
The way lettuce should taste
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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

A good lettuce
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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

Different
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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
Owner Response: Hi Carolyn, You are right, this heirloom cultivar fall into the summer crisp group which has several, diverse cultivars. Enjoy!

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