Marvel of Four Seasons Butterhead Lettuce Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 244 feet.
4 out of 5 stars
(4 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Both tasty and attractive, this 1800s French heirloom also known as Merveille de Quatre Saisons has tender, sweet leaves that are green at the base, turning to a beautiful cranberry-red, and forming a crinkly rosette that almost looks like a flower! If kept moist, it won't turn bitter when heat arrives. Rosettes are 8"–12" in diameter, good for large containers.
$2.69 1 gram (~730 seeds)

Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa

Days to Maturity: 21–55 days

Family: Asteraceae

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

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual

Plant Dimensions: 8"–12" wide, 6"–8" tall

Variety Information: 'Marvel of Four Seasons' is also known by the original French name, Merveille de Quatre Saisons. Large, crinkled leaves in a loose rosette are green at the base turning to cranberry-red; tender and sweet.

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 6"

Row Spacing: 16"

Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 6"

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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Marvel of Four Seasons Butterhead Lettuce Seeds Reviews

4 reviews


5 out of 5 stars Jun 9, 2020
Good germination, easy to grow, and beautiful. Lovely rosy tones mixed with green. It looks lovely next to my Red Winter romaine as they have similar colors. Soft texture, creamy taste with no bitterness. Started the seeds indoors in late Februrary in the Pacific NW. Transplated outdoors after about 2 weeks. They're still holding up in June. I've been harvesting the outer leaves for wraps, sandwiches, and salads.
Kristine Niemeyer from WA

Best lettuce ever!

5 out of 5 stars Jun 16, 2021
Early last fall I sprinkled what I had left of this extraordinary lettuce. Each seed sprouted, and actually overwintered! I replanted the baby lettuce to where I wanted it this spring, and for weeks now have enjoyed tasty, beautiful lettuce. Not bitter even with the hot days we've had here on the North shore of Long Island, NY, zone 7.
linda from NY


1 out of 5 stars May 30, 2022
Numerous attempts to grow this under various conditions failed to produce a single seedling.
Paula from WA
Owner Response: Hi Paula, Thank you for contacting us with this issue. We are very sorry to hear about the germination results you had with our seeds. A sample of all of our seed is tested for germination rate prior to packaging to ensure that our customers are receiving the freshest seed that is showing germination results that meet federal standards. To ensure your future success, feel free to contact our staff horticulturist who will help troubleshoot what went wrong, and offer some advice for better results in the future. We happily guarantee our seed so a customer service representative will contact you soon.

My favorite

5 out of 5 stars Nov 6, 2022
Lovely ruffled texture--crisper than a regular butterhead but not so much as Romaine. The most heat tolerant of 5+ varieties I've grown in Virginia. Sweet--redder lettuces are usually somewhat bitter, but not this one. If I could only grow one lettuce, this would be it. No problems with germination.
Wynne from VA

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