Elf Ears Oak

Elf Ears Oak Oakleaf Lettuce OG

(50 days) Frank Morton made Elf Ears Oak as small as the vigorous oakleaf-type lettuces will likely allow. The bright green leaf is lightly savoyed with deeply cut lobes, crowned in extra-extended narrow tips. With compact form, dense centers and elven oak leaves held upright, easy salad cutting or clean full-head presentation come naturally. In our hot and steamy 2018 lettuce trial, we found uniform Elf Ears’ leaf sweet, tender and buttery, while full-size kin Italienischer is more crisp with slightly better heat tolerance. Selected for DM resistance. OSSI. Seed purchased directly from the independent breeder. NEW!


2763 Elf Ears Oak OG
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Lettuce

Lactuca sativa

All lettuce is open-pollinated.
1 gram packet sows 25 ft; 2 grams, 50 ft; 1 oz, 500–700 ft. Varieties average 875 seeds/1g pkt, or 1,750 seeds/2g packet.

Culture: May be started indoors in March and at regular intervals thereafter, or sowed outdoors as soon as ground can be worked. Many varieties won’t germinate in soil temperatures above 75° and most shut down above 80°. Where available, we present data here from a California germination experiment at 84°.

Hardy. All save icebergs tolerate heavy frost. Grow best in cool weather with ample moisture, many kinds suffer bottom rot and tipburn in heat; select summer varieties carefully. Use shade cloth to keep summer lettuce tender and sweet longer. Sesquiterpene lactones produced in the latex render lettuce bitter when it bolts.

Sow every 2 weeks for continuous supply. Lettuce will not head unless thinned frequently and ruthlessly to final distance of 1'. Heavy nitrogen feeders.

Minimum germination soil temperature 35°, optimal range 40–80°.

Days to maturity are from direct seeding.

Diseases:

  • BOR: Bottom Rot
  • DM: Downy Mildew
  • LMV: Lettuce Mosaic Virus
  • PM: Powdery Mildew
  • SC: Sclerotinia
  • TB: Tipburn
  • X: Xanthemonas

Pest: Aster Leafhopper (vector for Aster Yellows disease)
Cultural controls: control perennial broadleaf weeds near lettuce plantings, plow lettuce fields immediately after harvest.

Pest: Slug
Cultural controls: avoid mulch or nearby grassy areas.
Material: Sluggo

Disease: Bottom Rot
Cultural controls: rotate with grass-family green manures, plant in well-drained soil or on raised beds, more upright varieties escape infection.

Diseases: Downy Mildew, Grey Mold, White Mold
Cultural controls: rotation, reduce duration of leaf wetness, plant parallel to prevailing winds, use wide spacing, control weeds, use well-drained fields in spring and fall.
Material: Actinovate