Merlox Red Oak Oakleaf Lettuce - Organic


Merlox Red Oak Oakleaf Lettuce - Organic

(53 days) Frank Morton’s first release of his “Merlox variations” combines the ultra-dark pigmentation of Merlot with the superior flavor of larger Emerald Oak. This uniform compact 10–12" oakleaf head boasts showy deep maroon leaves with a hint of blanched green in their centers. Loose but upright habit makes for clean cutting in salad-leaf harvest. Known as a cool-season lettuce, yet in the dry early heat of summer 2018 we found no bitterness at all—unique for such bold coloration. Good for winter culture as well: left outdoors in Central Maine with no row cover, mulched only by a generous snow cover, two-thirds overwintered and were ready to eat in early May. Bred with strong horizontal resistance to DM and SC. OSSI. Cold-hardy through at least part of the Maine winter. Seed purchased directly from the independent breeder.

2781 Merlox Red Oak - Organic
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A: 1g for $3.60  
B: 4g for $11.00  
C: 14g for $28.00  
D: 28g for $48.00  
E: 112g for $175.00   ($166.25)
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Lactuca sativa

All lettuce is open-pollinated.
1 gram packet sows 25 ft; 2 grams, 50 ft; 1 oz, 500–700 ft. Varieties average 875 seeds/1g pkt, or 1,750 seeds/2g packet.

Culture: May be started indoors in March and at regular intervals thereafter, or sowed outdoors as soon as ground can be worked. Many varieties won’t germinate in soil temperatures above 75° and most shut down above 80°. Where available, we present data here from a California germination experiment at 84°.

Hardy. All save icebergs tolerate heavy frost. Grow best in cool weather with ample moisture, many kinds suffer bottom rot and tipburn in heat; select summer varieties carefully. Use shade cloth to keep summer lettuce tender and sweet longer. Sesquiterpene lactones produced in the latex render lettuce bitter when it bolts.

Sow every 2 weeks for continuous supply. Lettuce will not head unless thinned frequently and ruthlessly to final distance of 1'. Heavy nitrogen feeders.

Minimum germination soil temperature 35°, optimal range 40–80°.

Days to maturity are from direct seeding.


  • 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.

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: Actinovate