Batavia lettuce varieties are heat resistant and have “cut and come again” harvesting. They are also called French lettuce and have sweet ribs and tender leaves. There are several types of Batavian lettuce plants, with different colors, sizes and flavors to suit any salad lover. Try growing Batavian lettuce and bring some interest to your vegetable crisper. What is Batavia Lettuce? Batavia lettuce is a summer crisp variety that will germinate in warm temperatures and is slow to bolt. There are both open and close headed varieties in colors of green, burgundy, red, magenta and mixed hues. All kinds of Batavia lettuce are open pollinated and good options for a late season garden. Batavian lettuce plants produce beautifully in cool days like most other lettuce varieties, but they also stand up once the heat comes. The seed will even germinate in temperatures that are too hot for most lettuce seed.
Lovers of sunflowers have no doubt come across pollenless sunflower varieties, sunflowers grown specifically for cutting. They are all the rage with florists and caterers, and with good reason. Sunflowers without pollen obviously don’t shed the brilliant yellow pollen, a major blessing if you’ve ever tried to get the sticky golden hue out of a starched white tablecloth or a bride’s gown. Interested in growing pollenless sunflowers? Read on for additional pollenless sunflower info. What are Pollenless Sunflowers? The name is self-explanatory; pollenless sunflowers are sunflowers that are sterile males and do not produce pollen. In the wild, sunflowers without pollen would be a tragedy, but for the sake of brides everywhere, pollenless sunflowers for cutting are a boon and they almost didn’t come into being. Pollenless Sunflower Info Pollenless sunflowers were introduced to the market in 1988 but they were actually an accidental discovery. They originated as a mutation
The process of planning an annual vegetable garden is, without doubt, one of the most exciting times of the year for growers. Whether planting in containers, using the square foot method, or planning a large-scale market garden, choosing which types and varieties of vegetables to grow is extremely important to the success of the garden. While many hybrid cultivars offer growers vegetable varieties that perform well under a wide range of conditions, many may prefer open-pollinated varieties. What does open pollinated mean when it comes to selecting seeds for the home garden? Read on to learn more. Open Pollination Information What are open pollinated plants? As the name would imply, open pollinated plants are produced by seeds that have resulted from natural pollination of the parent plant. These pollination methods include self-pollination as well as pollination achieved by birds, insects, and other natural means. After pollination occurs, the seeds are
Easy to plant with long-lasting color, you should consider growing creeping zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia) in your flower beds and borders this year. What’s so special about it? Read on for more information. Creeping Zinnia Info Also called narrow leaf zinnia, several colors of flowers appear as daisy-like blooms. Foliage is thin leaved and attractive while waiting for the flowers to open. Grow them as a showy ground cover or border specimens. The plants are low maintenance too. This North American native attracts butterflies and is great for cut flowers. Flowers bloom in white, red, orange, yellow and pink. Warmer zones may grow them as perennials, or self-seeding annuals, and plants sometimes return in colder areas from dropped seeds. Growing Creeping Zinnia Plants Learning how to grow creeping zinnia is simple. Grow the plants from seed direct planted in the ground in autumn or sow indoors in late winter. When planting