Yedikule lettuce is a highly interesting heirloom plant well worth trying at least once! It adds a bit of bright green to your salads, has a nice, mild flavor, and is an easy to grow, no-fuss plant to have in your garden.
Annual | Lettuce | (Lactuca sativa)
Seeds obtained from- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (rareseeds.com)
About- Yedikule is a white-seeded romaine-type lettuce that can be grown close together in rows, or the plants spaced out more to form large heads. The leaves are bright green and have a pleasantly mild taste. Leaves grow more pointing upright than outwards.
Thanks to the high levels of natural oils present in the plant, the leaves actually have a slightly different feel to them than most lettuce leaves! If you rub a leaf of Yedikule and another kind of lettuce between your fingers at the same time, you can feel a distinct difference.
My notes on this plant-
I planted this variety of lettuce at the same time I planted four others, and while they all did good, Yedikule seems to be the favorite of the lot!
I sowed the seeds in a dense band back in late March, about a month before our average last frost date, and the lettuce took the cold nights without any fuss. After they sprouted, I haven’t had to supply extra water to them once- the rain was enough to keep them satisfied, and putting out lots of tender, mild leaves.
The band of seeds I sowed was about 2 ft long, just a single row of dense seeds, and between that and the other four lettuces I planted in the same way, we’ve had more lettuce than we can possibly eat. A few bags of compost were worked into the bed they were planted in before sowing, as we have very poor soil, but no additional fertilizers were needed.
Absolutely nothing has bothered this lettuce, pest-wise. It’s a very unflappable plant. Refreshingly hands-off to grow, and utterly undemanding. I’ve had to do nothing for it other than go out and pick leaves when they’re wanted.
The two salad-green eaters in my family prefer the mildest greens over any others, so Yedikule’s been in just about every salad since it’s been big enough to harvest. I’m not one for leafy greens, but I gave one a taste, and even I can stand to take a bite or two at need, it’s so mild and inoffensive.
Given these results, I think I can pretty solidly declare that Yedikule’s going to be a staple in my garden every year from now on!
What I would do differently-
I didn’t remember to succession-plant any lettuce, and I regret it. I’d plant a new batch of seeds every 2-3 weeks, keeping a steady supply coming of fresh leaves.
When winter comes back around, I plan to see how this lettuce does under the cold frame. I have high hopes!