We adore Optima for its velvety texture and exceptional buttery flavor. Deep, lime-green color, large heads and thick leaves that don’t crack when handled. This variety helped bankroll the farm in its early years, as we couldn’t seem grow enough of it for the local farmers market and grocery stores. Mildew resistant and slow to bolt, making it an excellent choice for both spring and summer. Bred by French seed producer Vilmorin.
Days to Maturity: 54
Latin name: Lactuca sativa
Life cycle: Annual
Plant 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!