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Lactuca sativa 'Parris Island'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Grown for foliage

Seed Type:

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DAKOTA31400 On Mar 19, 2010, DAKOTA31400 from Petersburg, ND (Zone 3a) wrote:

Fail Proof. Grows from South Florida to North Dakota without a hitch. Slow starter at seedling stage. Must keep the soil moist to wet and grow before temperatures reach 80 degrees. Stores up to 3 months under prooper rifridgeration.
Will take temperatures down to 30 degrees for short periods.

Have tried just about every Cos variety out there. I don't even bother trying the alternates anymore.

Neutral Farmerdill On Apr 7, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 75 day green cos with medium size head.

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

This variety is impractical as a spring crop where there are less than 60 days after the last hard frost before hot weather arrives. The best thing is to sow seeds in early fall. Thin plants to stand 8 to 12 inches apart.

If starting in fall, you can start seeds inside 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost free date, protecting them from hard frosts. Seeds will germinate better if they are planted in late summer and shaded to keep the soil cool and thus reduce evaporation.

To harvest lettuce, you can take the whole plant or snap off the outer leaves.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Long Beach, Mississippi
Troy, New York
Petersburg, North Dakota
Vinton, Ohio
Jonesville, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas

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