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Johnny's Planting Programs

Head Lettuce Planting Program

Johnny's Head Lettuce Planting Program is designed to take the guesswork out of your lettuce succession planting and production, allowing you to more easily extend your harvest across the growing seasons.

Chart Comparing Mini versus Full Head Lettuce Dimensions

Full-sized heads of lettuce are an essential product to have on hand at market and on the farmstand.

Variety selection is key in providing your customers with a continuous supply of lettuce throughout the season.

Use the recommended program outlined below as a guide for developing your head lettuce production strategy.



 Early Season

Planting in cool weather (early spring) for warm weather (late spring and early summer) harvest. Varieties are selected for quick growth so they make full heads.

 Type  Recommended Varieties
Green Leaf  Two Star »
Red Leaf  Vulcan »
Green Romaine  Green Forest »
Romaine Hearts  Ridgeline »
Green Butterhead  Nancy »
Red Butterhead  Red Cross »   Skyphos »


 Mid Season

Planting in warm weather (late spring and early summer) for hot weather (mid and late summer) harvest. Varieties are selected for heat tolerance — i.e., resistance to bolting and tipburn.

 Type Recommended Varieties
Green Leaf Green Star »   Tropicana »
Red Leaf New Red Fire »
Summer Crisp Cherokee »   Muir »   Magenta »   Nevada »
Green Romaine Coastal Star »   Salvius »
Romaine Hearts Helvius »
Green Butterhead Adriana »
Red Butterhead Red Cross »   Skyphos »


 Late Season

Planting in hot weather (late summer), up to 60 days before first frost, for cool weather (fall) harvest. Varieties are selected for disease resistance and cold tolerance.

 Type Recommended Varieties
Green Leaf  Green Star »
Red Leaf  Ruby Sky »
Green Romaine  Green Forest »   Salvius »
Romaine Hearts  Helvius »
Green Butterhead  Sylvesta »
Red Butterhead  Skyphos »

Remember, even heat-tolerant varieties have upper limits of temperatures they can withstand. In areas such as the South and Midwest, Johnny's recommends avoiding lettuce planting on the hottest days of the year.

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