Lactuca sativa 'Valdor'


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Plant type



Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

There is a bewildering diversity of lettuce types, with more appearing all the time. Butterheads are soft loose-hearted varieties, crispheads or icebergs are large dense and crunchy, cos types have upright crisp leaves, and loose-leaf do not make hearts but are gathered as dense leafy heads or individual leaves are picked over a long period. Valdor' is a butterhead type with firm, dark green centres. It is a hardy lettuce for overwintering outdoors. Sow in autumn to get a late winter or early spring harvest.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Lactuca

Species: sativa

Cultivar: Valdor

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 25cm

Time to plant seeds: March to August

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