If you want to grow a salad for consumption always fresh, this type of salad is especially for you! It is easy to grow; it is not whimsical, not afraid of heat, and grows well in cool weather. Lettuce has a delicate flavor and crunchy texture. The salad is very fertile and ripens in just 55 days. 
The salad was first grown by Lieutenant Jack B. Bibb of Frankfurt, Kentucky, in 1935. Lieutenant Bibba's experiments in his greenhouse resulted in the famous limestone salad, named for the high lime content in Kentucky soil.
 

How to grow Bibb Butterhead Lettuce from seeds:

Sowing: Bibb salad is unpretentious and grows well in cool weather. Plant seeds directly in a soil temperature of at least 35 degrees F in treated soil. Seeds will not germinate in soil temperatures above 75 degrees F. Choose an area with rich soil and full sun for planting, spreading them 1 to 2 feet apart. Cut through 8-12 inches as it germinates. Lettuce can be grown for a fresh harvest all season long in areas with cool summers or warm winters. Plant it every 2 weeks; ideal companion plants are onions, cucumbers, and carrots.
Growing of Bibb Butterhead Lettuce: For good growth, lettuce needs a lot of moisture since it has small roots. The moisture level also contributes to the delicate and sweet taste. In addition, a layer of mulch will help keep plants cleaner, moister, and fight weeds.
How and When to Harvest Bibb Butterhead Lettuce: Harvest early in the morning to keep the salad crisp and sweet. Cut off the outer leaves throughout the season until the plant's main stem grows. If you want to harvest the entire plant, cut it just above the soil surface. To harvest microgreens, cut the whole plant above the soil surface at the height of 2-3 inches. After harvest, refrigerate for about a week.
Bibb Butterhead Lettuce's Seed Saving:
  1. For future plants, collect seeds from plants that slow to bolt.
  2. Allow the stem to bloom and give pods.
  3. When the pods turn light brown, shake the head of the stem into a bag or, when most of the pods are ready to be harvested, hang them upside down to dry in a sheltered place.
  4. Store Bibb lettuce seeds in a cool, dry place for 2-3 years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Lactuca sativa
Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season
USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Seeds per Ounce: 20,000
Planting Method: Direct Sow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Height: 10 Inches
Color: Green
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