A picture of a Oakleaf Green Lettuce

Oakleaf Green Lettuce

Lactuca sativa 'Oakleaf Green'

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Oakleaf Green Lettuce Overview

Oakleaf lettuce is a cool weather looseleaf crop, so make sure they are not exposed to too much sun or very hot weather. The flavour of freshly picked lettuce from the garden beats bought lettuces any day. Lettuce plants also serve as a wonderful ornamental in gardens and use different colors and leaf textures to make pretty patterns in your vegetable beds.

Common problems with Oakleaf Green Lettuce

Lettuce rot attacks the lower leaves in contact with the soil and then spreads throughout the plant. Prevent fungal and bacterial diseases by rotating crops. Don't plant lettuce in the same bed two years in a row. Look out for slugs and snails and even birds love the crispy healthy leaves.

Oakleaf Green Lettuce Companion Plants

How to harvest Oakleaf Green Lettuce

Harvest as soon as the leaves are large enough to use. Don't wait too long, as the lettuce eventually develops a bitter flavour and woody texture. Harvest older leaves first, using clean kitchen shears to cut the plants nearly to ground or pick a few leaves at a time as needed from the outside leaving the centre to regrow.

How to propagate Oakleaf Green Lettuce

Seed

Sow directly, 1.25 cm deep and in rows 20 -30 cm apart. Germination takes 7-14 days. Sow during Spring and Summer. Repeat every few weeks to have a continuous supply!

Special features of Oakleaf Green Lettuce

Pot plant

Can be planted in a container, provided it is wide enough, minimum of 30 cm.

Crop rotation

Rotate crop every two years with alternative crops like legumes, cabbages and heavy feeders like tomatoes.

Other uses of Oakleaf Green Lettuce

Edible

This variety is used fresh in salads and sandwiches.

Medicinal

Rich in vitamins A, B and C, minerals like Magnesium and Potassium and almost as much Calcium as milk!