I think you meant self-pollonating, and most lettuce are.
Is this plant a hybrid? Was it the only lettuce you or your neighbors
grew? (Lettuce crosses very easily). Was this the plant that bolted
Yep, I meant to say self pollinating.
No the lettuce isn't a hybrid, it was grown from seed planted directly from
a retail seed packet.
The plant was saved to obtain seeds because it showed the most robust
growth. I don't have all my lettuce growing in the same spot, this
particular Red leaf and a Butter head were finished first because they grew
in another area with more sunlight.
I'am still harvesting lettuce to eat in the somewhat shaded area. Which is
the only area I can plant in the ground, and is adjacent to my neighbor's
2-story house, on top of that the idiot likes to plant palm trees everywhere
blocking out more winter sunlight.
So, are you telling me these 2 different species of lettuce can cross
pollinate? I had 2 of each in different pots but since you told me, I now
have 1 of each that are sitting about 20 feet apart.
A couple of thoughts: Suzanne Ashworth's "Seed to Seed*," which many of us
regard as Holy Writ, says all the florets in a head open at once and
essentially self-pollinate and shortly after close and never re-open. She
says side by side plants may cross as much as 5% if the flowers are open at
the same time and insects are active. I know the lady at the Seed Savers
Exchange farm doesn't worry much about the varieties in the greenhouse
there crossing. I haven't seen any crossing, but I only have a few
varieties and keep them 20 or 30 feet apart, along with my usual
lackadaisical planting methods, which make flowering time well spaced
*If you're going to do much seed saving, get yourself a copy.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
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