Lettuce, Loose Leaf Lettuce 'Green Ice'

Lactuca sativa

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


Other details:

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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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Panama City, Florida

Ashton, Illinois

Marrero, Louisiana

Swansea, Massachusetts

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Lynchburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 6, 2016, SabraKhan from Tiverton, RI (Zone 6b) wrote:

Green Ice is a great lettuce to grow here in New England. It germinates fast and grows quickly so you can do several staggered successive plantings. It does very well in hanging baskets if you have rabbits and woodchucks looking for a free salad bar, as I do! The leaves are lush green and super crisp.


On May 23, 2013, Krtka from Lynchburg, VA wrote:

Although classified as loose leaf, this lettuce forms a very tight head of thick, crisp, heavily savoyed leaves. Delicious and sweet! Bright green heads add fabulous crunch to spring salads. I grow it every year. When we give heads of Green Ice lettuce to friends, they always want to know what variety it is because the flavor is outstanding. Not very heat tolerant. Can be grown in spring and fall.


On Nov 6, 2008, Sneirish from Swansea, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I had great success growing this lettuce, even though I've never been very good at growing other types in the past. This one germinated easily, grew well and a lot, tasted great.


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

This is one of the few disappointments I've had growing lettuce. I found Green Ice to be difficult to germinate and to grow. Also, the heads were quite small, almost like a miniature Salad Bowl type. Not worth the trouble.


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

Very easy 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.


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

This is a leaf-type lettuce, with a fairly tight head. Good flavor. 45 days from seed.