After trialing several speckled leaf lettuces in 2020, we fell in love with this Austrian heirloom for its large, vigorous heads and eye-catching red splotches. Also known fondly as Spotted Trout Back, Forellenschluss Lettuce has an open, yet upright, habit like romaine and demonstrated faster spring growth that other speckled varieties. Fedco Seeds deemed it the BEST tasting lettuce of 50 varieties in their 1998 lettuce trial due to its delicate, buttery flavor. While we can’t ascribe to it quite so lofty of credentials, we will attest to its perfection in the salad bowl! Mostly we’re just excited to hear the word For-Ell-En-Schluss uttered on a more regular basis in the seed office.
Days to Maturity: 60
Latin name: Lactuca sativa
Life cycle for Seed Saving: Annual
Plant Forellenschluss Lettuce spring through early fall. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 70-85°. Planting depth: 1/8”. Full heads – start indoors and transplant at 12”, or direct seed every inch and thin to 12”. Baby leaf- seed 4-5/inch with 5” between rows.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!