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Balady Aswan

Balady Aswan Celtuce OG

(45 days) An ancient form of native Egyptian celtuce that is customarily allowed to bolt and enjoyed for its 12–14" crunchy stems with creamy flavor. Its sweet emerald-green leaves resemble those of You Mai Tsai but not quite as pointy. They make a tall rosette, taste like regular lettuce leaves without bitterness and can be harvested anytime, remaining sweet and crispy like Cracoviensis even after bolting. Aswan began bolting only 3–4 weeks after its June 17 transplanting. Frank Morton says celtuce was a symbol of virility in ancient hieroglyphs but we make no unsubstantiated claims for this unusual lettuce. OT-certified organic.
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2715B: 2g for $4.20  
2715C: 4g for $8.00  
2715D: 14g for $15.50  
2715E: 28g for $30.00  
2715K: 112g for $110.00   ($99.00)
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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.

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Minimum germination soil temperature 35°, optimal range 40–80°, optimal temperatures 70–75°. Emergence takes 15 days at 41°, 7 days at 50°, 3 days at 68°, 99% normal seedlings at 77° but only 12% normal at 86°.

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