Iceberg Lettuce 'Million'Lactuca sativa 'Million'
Beautiful, and very tasty Iceberg lettuce!
The 'Million' (Lactuca sativa) is a tender leaved Iceberg with a nice tight head. When sowing this lettuce it is important to sow in a good organic soil. Lettuce requires sufficient water retention in dry periods.Show more
Show moreLettuce seeds require no prior treatment. Sow a new row every 3 weeks and you will have a continuous harvest of fresh lettuce.
How to SowSow in the ground, preferably in full sun, from April to September. Loosen the soil to at least 30 cm deep. Prepare a groove 1 cm deep. Insert a stake at each end of the row and run a string between them. The carrot seeds are very fine, mix with a little sand and using your thumb and forefinger drop the seeds into the groove, try sowing as thinly as possible, at most 5 mm deep. With your fingers gently cover with the soil from the trench. Press the soil lightly and sprinkle with water. Remove the string and place a marker at the beginning of the row with the name of the variety. Recommended spacing between rows: 20 cm. From March, sow seeds in boxes under glass. Fill the boxes with good fine seed compost, mix the seeds with some dry sand and spread them at regular intervals over the compost. Then cover the seeds with a layer of the compost (5 mm or less), lightly press the compost, sprinkle with water and cover with a glass. Place the boxes in the light, at room temperature. Once the seeds have germinated, remove the glass plate. Using a mini greenhouse is also possible. Seeds germinate in 7-10 days depending on temperature. Approximately 2-3 weeks later, the seedlings (young plants) can be thinned out. If you plant them in peat pots the plants do not have to be removed before planting out. They are useful for cultivating young plants as they prevent the vulnerable roots from being damaged. Good tip: do not let the soil dry out. From May all seedlings can be transplanted outside in humus-rich soil. Recommended distance between plants is 15 cm.
Show moreWater more frequently in dry spells. Keeping the plot weed free will help the lettuce grow better. Try to prevent lettuce from bolting - the lettuce produces a stalk which eventually forms flowers which then turn to seed. This happens more often in the summer and may vary per lettuce variety. Bolted lettuce is still edible but tastes bitter. Try to harvest before this happens.
HarvestingIceberg (Crisphead) lettuce can be harvested in 2 ways: 1) Use a knife and just cut the lettuce off at ground level. 2) Use a garden fork and flip the heads up, root and all.
Show moreThe Iceberg lettuce is also known as the Crisphead lettuce. A wide selection of lettuce varieties is available nowadays. Some are suitable for an early harvest, others for summer cropping and some for in the autumn. There are also varieties that can be grown all year round so always try to choose the right type of lettuce to suit your needs. The varieties are split for spring, summer and autumn according to their propensity to 'bolt'. If for instance you were to sow an early variety in the summer, it would be more than likely to bolt immediately. Not what you want! So choose the correct variety per season! With a cold frame, you can extend your harvesting season by almost 2 months. The Iceberg is of the Asteraceae family in the genus Lactuca sativa.
How to useAll lettuces are of course great for making salads – mix them up! The fresher the lettuce the tastier and crispier it is. Try making a lettuce soup – handy when you have an extra big harvest as you can then store it in the freezer.