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Lactuca sativa 'Grand Rapids'

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

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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:
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4 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Jimtina On Jan 6, 2013, Jimtina from Rib Mountain, WI wrote:

Sweet and flavorful for a leaf lettuce, heat and humidity resistant. The seed is getting more and more difficult to find but fortunately it is a great variety for seed savers.

Positive neworleansdude On Feb 6, 2010, neworleansdude from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Last year and this year I planted in late December. The ones from this year are still very small, but last year they took almost two months to do anything then all of the sudden- bam! March and April cut individual leaves along with some bibb type let. and swiss chard. Great salads. By the first of May they were very much bolting and more dandelion like. But they had very pretty flowers and the whole plant grew to about three feet tall. I never got a good tight head off of the dozen or so that grew well, but when thining some that were still under 6" had a sorta cluster.

This is definitely a winter/spring plant if you live along the gulf coast. I'm at a new place now, but the old soil was slightly alkaline and the plants did get 8 hours (daylight) by March when they took off.

I'd recomend it to anyone that has room in the garden for it, but not for someone who wants high yields rather than a plant you can eat a bit off of for a month or two then watch the pretty flowers. :)

Positive gil_eanes On Aug 19, 2008, gil_eanes from Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Bought seeds at Lowes. They grew extremely well, but I planted late so they bolted in the 85+ degree days. If planted at a better time they would have provided a lot of lettuce.

Neutral MistyPetals On Feb 11, 2008, MistyPetals from North Augusta, SC wrote:

I found the seeds for this at Walmart for a dime. If all goes well, that will really make my day! :)
As soon as I came home with my packaged bounty, where did I go? DG!!! Yeah!

Neutral Farmerdill On Jul 22, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 60 day, light green, frilled cultivar.

Positive Lettuceman On Dec 22, 2004, Lettuceman from Dayton, WA wrote:

If you like your leaf lettuce to be hefty, large, and thick leaved, this is the one to grow. Easy to grow and holds in the garden without bolting longer than most.

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

Leaf lettuce variety - Leaf Lettuce varieties are the easiest and most reliable to grow. Sow seeds in early spring and again after the very hot days of summer are over. In cooler climates, you can make 2 to 3 spring plantings, timed 2 weeks apart.

To harvest, pull the whole plant or just snap off the outer leaves.


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

Mountain View, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Lake City, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Purvis, Mississippi
Troy, New York
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Jonesville, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
Dayton, Washington
Wausau, Wisconsin

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