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PlantFiles: Lettuce, Loose Leaf Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'Oakleaf'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lactuca (lak-TOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: sativa (sa-TEE-vuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Oakleaf
Additional cultivar information: (aka Oak Leaf)

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under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Days to Maturity:
Early (55-68 days)

Grown for foliage

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tubbss5 On Jun 19, 2009, tubbss5 from Aurora, IL wrote:

This is a 44 days mature lettuce! I put the 'Early' in, but it's earlier than early.

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 24, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Getting your garden in a little late? Oak leaf lettuce stays tasty and non-bitter well into the heat of summer and during drought. An old-time favorite, the deeply lobed oak-leaf shaped leaves tastes wonderful alone and make classy mixed salads. Oak Leaf is an easy variety to grow in containers where you can pick leaves as you need them.

Positive melody On Apr 19, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy to grow and great tasting. Very popular in this area.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 13, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A leaf-type lettuce, very ornamental. Tasty too. 45 days from seed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Longmont, Colorado
Miami, Florida
Benton, Kentucky
Mechanicsville, Maryland
Elgin, Texas
Lincoln, Texas
Dayton, Washington

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