Contrary to it's name the Prizehead lettuce doesn't actually produce a "head" of lettuce. In fact it produces a loose leaf, and is actually considered a non-headed lettuce! The leaves grow in an up right form and are curled with red tips on the leaves. Prizeheads leaves are very fine and delicate in nature. It prefers cool weather temperatures, and is best sown in spring or fall, and this variety is known to be slow to bolt. This lettuce is considered an old world variety and has been around since the late 19th century.
Sun: Full/Part Shade
Days to Maturity: 45-50
Sow: Directly Sow
When planting Prizehead pick a sunny location in the spring and a mostly shaded location in summer. Sow seeds no less than 8-10" apart lightly covering the seed over with soil. Using string lines ensures even rows, however this is optional. We like to plant lettuce with succession planting; meaning when we sow our seeds we plant in 1-2 week intervals, this leaves us with a continual harvest throughout the growing months.
Prizehead lettuce is an excellent source of, Iron, Calcium and Vitamins A, B1, B2, C and Niacin.
Did you know?
All plants have friends and foes. Lettuce likes to be planted with beets, carrots, parsnips, radishes and strawberries. If planted beside radishes it can keep them nice and tender and from going "woody"