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Lettuce 'Grand Rapids'  

Lactuca sativa

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'Grand Rapids' is a Lettuce variety in the Lettuce genus with a scientific name of Lactuca sativa. Grand Rapids is generally thought of as a heirloom variety. Leaves appear approximately as a   Yellow-green colour.

This is a large green leaf lettuce variety which are wavy and curled at the edges and resistant to tip burn. Crisp and tasty. Can be grown in cold frames, greenhouse and in the garden.

An annual, so it will last but a year in its native climate. Grand Rapids normally reaches to a mature height of 7.8 inches (20.0 cm).

Grand Rapids Lettuce is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Grand Rapids have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Grand Rapids

  • Partial Sun

  • High

Enjoys a partial sun position in your garden and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Grand Rapids is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in loamy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.2 and 6.8 as Grand Rapids likes to be in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Grand Rapids from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 5.85 inches (15.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.49 inches (1.25 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 5°C / 41°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Grand Rapids about 60 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Grand Rapids

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Grand Rapids is a tender plant.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Grand Rapids about 45 days before your last frost date.

Harvesting Grand Rapids

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late spring.


You can harvest the leaves while still small and tender with scissors, there is no need to wait until the plant is mature. It will continue to grow and produce new leaves.