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QUESTION: Heat-resistant lettuce variety for Texas

comments (4) March 23rd, 2010

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This question is for "Greg Holdsworth" since I have noticed that he lives in Plano, TX.
Greg I live in the other side of town, near DFW airport.

Can you recomend some heat resistance varieties of LETTUCE for our area to grow during the summer time?

I had good results growing a kind of spinach called "Malabar", it is a vine. The other lettuce I tried bolted. But I am a new gardner and it looks like you are an expert.

Any suggestion will be appreciated.


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hfrenzen2 writes: I'm fairly new to gardening and live near DFW. My summer squash (yellow) are blooming but then have no fruit. Have some raised beds and some in pots. The blooms just die.
Posted: 12:46 pm on June 10th
ensenada writes: Hi, I live in Culebra, Puero Rico were the weather is always warm (between 75-98 degrees) during the day and about 15 degrees lower at night. My experience with the following varieties is very good.
Rocket Arugula ( great when mix with the other varieties, and wonderful for Pesto)
Buttercrunch Lettuce
Avon Hybrid Spinach
Green Ice, Letuce
I have the top of the garden area cover with a 60% saran and I have to water the plants twice a day as summer approach.
Good Luck
Watermelons are very sweet.
Posted: 4:21 pm on May 4th
alethor writes: Thanks so much Greg, I will try the varieties you suggested.
This is my second year of veggie garden. Everything is growing wonderful. Love gardening in Texas

Posted: 8:11 pm on March 27th
yourownvictorygarden writes: First of all, I'd like to say, "Howdy neighbor!" On to your question. If you've lived in this area for very long, you've already noticed that once Spring gets rolling, it gets warm in a hurry. This of course presents a problem that folks up north that have a longer cool season don't have to worry about. In the Fall, we're planting when the weather's still warm, but going into cooler weather. Although lettuce is a "cool season" crop, it gets a better start in warmer soil.

That said, my best recommendation is to avoid the varieties that have a long maturation time, and/or the "head" or "iceberg" varieties. Save those for the Fall. We usually don't get our really bad weather until late November. By then the plants will be large enough to handle it. So stick to the "looseleaf" or "crinkly" varieties.

I would also, if at all possible, plant them where they can get partial shade. Afternoon shade would be ideal. That's something I'm implementing this year as well. In addition to putting pest covers around them, I'm also going to put a shade screen over them. This will help discourage them from bolting.

Here some varieties that I have tried and/or researched that are heat-tolerant:

Oak Leaf
Black Seeded Simpson (bulletproof!)
Romaine (Green or Red)
Grand Rapids
Lollo Rosa

There are more, but these will hopefully get you started. Good luck and let me know if I help with anything else.


Posted: 3:03 pm on March 27th
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