Brune d’Hiver Batavian Lettuce - Organic


Brune d’Hiver Batavian Lettuce - Organic

Lactuca sativa
(65 days) A few years ago we singled Brune out from our winter mix, where it had mingled for years. Standing alone in our trial gardens, the burnished shine of its reddish-amber–tipped green leaves captivated us. A French heirloom, introduced in 1855, the compact hardy plants with crunchy batavian taste stand the test of time as well as the chill of fall. Pam Dowling notes this variety as worthy of consideration for its cold hardiness. Cold-hardy.
OGThis item is certified organic

2840 Brune d’Hiver - Organic
Item Discounted
A: 1g for $3.00   
B: 4g for $7.15   
C: 14g for $16.50   
D: 28g for $26.75   
E: 112g for $78.25   

Additional Information


Also called Summer Crisp or French Crisp, Batavians combine the crispness and heat tolerance of Iceberg with the open habit, sweetness and tenderness of leaf types. Vigorous growth, large stature, great field holding, slow bolting and wonderful flavor make this class an excellent summer harvest choice in the fluctuant northeastern climate. Good hot-weather germination.


  • All lettuce is open-pollinated.
  • 700–1100 seeds/1g pkt.
  • 1 gram packet sows 25 ft; 2 grams, 50 ft; 1 oz, 500–700 ft.
  • Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing; for transplants, subtract 20 days.

Culture: Direct seed outdoors as soon as ground can be worked and repeat every 2 weeks for continuous supply. Or start indoors in March and at regular intervals thereafter for early transplanted successions. Optimal germination temperature range 40–70° though many varieties won’t germinate in soil temps above 75° and most shut down above 80°. Thin sowings frequently and ruthlessly to a final distance of 1' for full heads. Heavy nitrogen feeders.

Hardy. All save icebergs tolerate heavy frost. Fall and overwintered harvests are becoming standard practice. For summer harvest, select varieties carefully: bolting, bottom rot and tipburn are problems if a variety can’t take the heat! Using shade cloth can keep lettuce tender and sweet longer into summer. Sesquiterpene lactones produced in the latex render lettuce bitter when it bolts.

Saving Seed: Saving lettuce seed is easy! Leave spring-planted lettuce heads to bolt. Flowers will become white tufted seeds. Once dry on stalk, rub seeds off the plant into a paper bag. To ensure true-to-type seed, separate lettuce varieties by 10 feet.


  • BOR: Bottom Rot
  • DM: Downy Mildew
  • LMV: Lettuce Mosaic Virus
  • PM: Powdery Mildew
  • SC: Sclerotinia
  • TB: Tipburn
  • X: Xanthemonas

Pest: Aster Leafhopper (vector for Aster Yellows disease)
Cultural controls: control perennial broadleaf weeds near lettuce plantings, plow lettuce fields immediately after harvest.

Pest: Slug
Cultural controls: avoid mulch or nearby grassy areas.
Material: Sluggo

Disease: Bottom Rot
Cultural controls: rotate with grass-family green manures, plant in well-drained soil or on raised beds, more upright varieties escape infection.

Major Diseases: Downy Mildew, Grey Mold, White Mold
Cultural controls: rotation, reduce duration of leaf wetness, plant parallel to prevailing winds, use wide spacing, control weeds, use well-drained fields in spring and fall.
Material controls: MilStop

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.

Our Seeds are Non-GMO


All of our seeds are non-GMO, and free of neonicotinoids and fungicides. Fedco is one of the original companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.