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PlantFiles: Lettuce, Butterhead Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'Buttercrunch'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lactuca (lak-TOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: sativa (sa-TEE-vuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Buttercrunch

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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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8 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral NicoleC On Mar 28, 2013, NicoleC from Madison, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Works as a baby lettuce variety for me but (like most lettuces) does not have time to head up in our short spring and fall seasons. My best success with this variety has been in containers.

Positive vossner On Apr 4, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Container grown for the first time in winter 2009. Big and tender leaves.

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very nice tasting lettuce with thick, tender leaves. It does not get bitter like some other lettuces do. My favorite. I just harvest a few leaves at a time from each plant so that it keep producing.

Positive CindyDale On Jan 11, 2006, CindyDale from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I grew these in the fall in a raised bed on a patio east side of the house. I harvested them through the entire month of December. They make a great salad. Next time, I will harvest the outer leaves as they get close to the ground - they became damp and the outer leaves began to get a bit rusty as time went on.

Positive BassetMom On Jun 14, 2005, BassetMom from Torrance, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is the only lettuce I've grown that doesn't bolt immediately in the New Jersey heat and humidity. I will definitely grow this one from now on...

Positive Farmerdill On Jun 10, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A dark green tinged with red Bibb type. Does well in late fall early spring. A good Bibb for this area.

Positive MaryE On Jun 1, 2005, MaryE from Baker City, OR (Zone 5b) wrote:

I let it go to seed in my vegetable garden where it comes up at random in the spring before I am ready to plant anything else. If it is in the way I pull it up and make salad! A delightful way to deal with a weed (plant in the wrong place).

Positive Big_Red On May 30, 2005, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

My first year growing this delicious, mild lettuce. I'll definately grow it again!

Positive Kameha On Apr 25, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very easy to grow lettuce. It is pretty heat tolerant as well. In Florida we grow lettuce in late fall through early spring. It tastes best when grown in cool weather. It isn't too fast to bolt so you can continue harvesting small portions through a prolonged period of time.

Neutral smiln32 On Oct 28, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Plant seeds in early spring and again in late summer through fall. The best time is early autumn, when plants have just enough time to mature before the onset of very cold weather. To guarantee heading before hot weather comes, start seedlings inside and transplant them to the garden, but protect from heavy freezes.


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

Richmond, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Kissimmee, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Walpole, New Hampshire
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Vinton, Ohio
Baker City, Oregon
Goose Creek, South Carolina
Jonesville, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Madison, Wisconsin

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