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Butterhead lettuce 'Buttercrunch'

Lactuca sativa var. capitata

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Buttercrunch is a popular variety of Butterhead lettuce, which belongs to the Lettuce genus (Lactuca sativa var. capitata 'Buttercrunch'). Buttercrunch is a variety of OP Butterhead lettuce .

Slow to bolt, heat tolerant, stays mild longer than other varieties.

A type of Vegetable, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Buttercrunch normally grows with a clump-forming habit with a max height of 7.8 inches (that's 20.0 cm metric).

United States is believed to be where Buttercrunch originates from.

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

How to grow Buttercrunch

  • Partial Sun

  • High

Keep moisture constant, drying out will trigger bolting; avoid watering in the heat of the day; growing under shadecloth is beneficial in hot areas.
Hot weather will develop bitter flavors.1

Buttercrunch likes a position of partial sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Buttercrunch is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil has a ph of between 6.2 and 6.8 as Buttercrunch is a weakly acidic soil loving plant.

Growing Buttercrunch from seed

Sow your seeds indoors, about 3-4 weeks before planting out. Cover seed lightly or just push into starting mix. Seed germinates best at a temperature of 60 to 68 degrees F. Seeds should germinate between 6-10 days

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 5.85 inches (15.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 5°C / 41°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Buttercrunch about 25 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Buttercrunch

Lettuce is a fairly hardy plant and can be transplanted after danger of deep frost usually several weeks before the last light frost date. Transplant lettuce for the fall about 30 days before first frost date. Transplant seedlings between 3-4 weeks after sowing seed and fertilize with a high nitrogen mix.

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

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Buttercrunch about 32 days before your last frost date.

Harvesting Buttercrunch

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

Buttercrunch folklore & trivia

Developed at Cornell University by George Raleigh.

Other Names for Butterhead lettuce 'Buttercrunch'

Lettuce

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