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Lettuce 'Great Lakes'   

Lactuca sativa

  • 28 plantings
  • 4 available for swap
  • 0 wanted
  • 32 stashed

Great Lakes is part of the Lettuce genus and is a Lettuce variety. Its scientific name is Lactuca sativa 'Great Lakes'. Great Lakes is generally thought of as a open-polliated variety. Leaves appear approximately as a   Moss green and   Light green colour.

Extra crisp and delicate, works very well in salads 1. Can be grown in containers or small gardens. Can tolerate a light frost, but should be shaded from summer heat 1. Lettuces in general do best in early spring or late summer 1.

Great Lakes grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Normally reaching to a mature height of 7.8 inches (20.0 cm), Great Lakes grows with a erect-like growth habit.

Great Lakes 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 Great Lakes have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Great Lakes

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Needs moderate water and is a heavy feeder due to its relatively weak and inefficient root system 1. Its main requirement is for nitrogen, but it also needs moderate amounts of potassium and phosphorus 1.

Plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Great Lakes is thought of as half hardy, so protect with a row cover whenever the temperatures drop. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Great Lakes needs a loamy soil with a ph of 6.2 to 6.8 (weakly acidic soil).

Growing Great Lakes from seed

Plant in spring or summer.

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 4°C / 39°F to ensure good germination.

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

Transplanting Great Lakes

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 4°C / 39°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Great Lakes is a half hardy plant.

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

Harvesting Great Lakes

80-100 days to harvest 1.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early autumn.