Crispino Iceberg or Crisphead Lettuce - Organic


Crispino Iceberg or Crisphead Lettuce - Organic

Lactuca sativa
(60-65 days) Lettuce master Frank Morton said, “Ozzie and Harriet salad of my youth is making a comeback, and this is the backbone for it.” This old-school iceberg gets right to business making 6–7" light green icy heads with nearly white hearts. Its lightly toothed and wavy leaf wraps early on a big vigorous 15–20" diameter plant, delivering a classic medium-crisp kick paired with tender juicy refreshment. In our hot humid 2018 lettuce trial, Crispino was uniform and blemish-free, holding well without tip burn.
OGThis item is certified organic

2924 Crispino - Organic
Item Discounted
A: 1g for $4.25   
B: 4g for $11.00   
C: 14g for $23.00   
D: 28g for $40.00   
E: 112g for $120.00   

Additional Information

Crisphead or Iceberg

According to Vaughan’s 1904 seed catalog, Iceberg takes its name from the small indentations in the leaf that fill with dewdrops giving them a crystalline appearance. With its toothed and fringed light green leaf, famous crunchy juicy texture and mild sweet flavor Iceberg has become an iconic American food. Late to make mature heads, Icebergs face heat and stress with grace and tolerance—lettuce lessons for our politicians?


  • 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.