Morton’s Secret Lettuce Mix 2021

Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix 2021

Crop: Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Breeder: Frank Morton (Wild Garden Seed)

OSSI Pledge Date: 1/1/2021

Release Date: 1/1/2021

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Stability: Breeding Population



I reached back in time this year to grow out a cross of some olde and favorite varieties, ‘Blush Butter Cos’ X ‘Hyper Red Rumple Waved.’ These are truly of a different era, a project I set aside in the heat of other chases. Great taste and color in short romaine heads. There are also crosses of ‘Lotus’ and ‘Manoa’ X “Pointed Red To Heart,” and the next generation of ‘Red Ball Jets’ X ‘Wavy Dory.’ The diversity of shapes, colors, and textures in this mix is pretty overwhelming, and as original as it gets. I like to think his mix gives growers a broader view of what lettuce can be, and some appreciation of all the choices a plant breeder gets to make. Enjoy.

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