Lettuce Seeds - Crisphead Iceberg
- Seed Count: 1000 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 70-80 days from planting
- Plant Type: Vegetable, Lettuce variety
- Growth Habit: Forming tight, compact heads
- Sun Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
- Feature: Crisp, refreshing texture
- Ideal Use: Salads, sandwiches, and garnishes
History Crisphead Iceberg Lettuce is a widely known variety of lettuce that gained popularity in the United States in the early 20th century. Known for its tight, ball-like heads and crisp texture, Iceberg lettuce became a staple in American salads due to its longer shelf life and transportability compared to other lettuce varieties. Its name comes from the way it was historically packed and shipped in heaps of ice, preserving its freshness.
Uses Iceberg lettuce is celebrated for its crisp texture and mild flavor. It's a staple in salads, particularly in classic American salads, and is also widely used in sandwiches and burgers for its crunchy texture. Additionally, its sturdy leaves make it a good option for wraps and as a garnish. While not as nutrient-dense as darker leafy greens, it provides hydration and fiber.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions Crisphead Iceberg Lettuce prefers cooler growing conditions and does well in full sun to partial shade. For best results, sow seeds directly into the ground or start indoors and transplant after the danger of frost has passed. Plant seeds shallowly, about 1/4 inch deep, in moist, well-drained soil. Thin seedlings to give each plant enough space to develop its head, usually about 12 inches apart. Regular watering is essential to maintain the moisture of the soil. Avoid high heat as it can cause the lettuce to bolt (flower prematurely), which makes the leaves bitter.