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.
Days to Maturity: 54
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.