Marvel Of Four Seasons Lettuce Variety Guide

Trying to find a crisp and tender lettuce variety packed with flavor? The Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce is just that.

Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce is a popular French heirloom butterhead lettuce variety. The bicolored leaves are green at the base with a rich ruby red tone towards the edges. Dating back to the 1800s, Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce is known for its excellent flavor and incredible crisp yet tender texture. True to its name, this cold-hardy lettuce variety can be grown year-round in many temperate climates with the right season extension methods.

Read on to learn all about Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce!

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Marvel Of Four Seasons Lettuce: The Basics

Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce is a Bibb or Butterhead type lettuce. It is a head forming lettuce that is open-pollinated. It is also known as Merveille des Quatre Saisons Lettuce (in French). This lettuce variety thrives in 4 to 8 hours of sun in moderate temperatures (60 – 80 degrees F).

If kept moist, this lettuce variety doesn’t go bitter and makes a great full salad. The lettuce head measures 8″-12″ in diameter.

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Buying Seeds For Marvel Of Four Seasons Lettuce

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Planting Marvel Of Four Seasons Lettuce

Plantings this variety of lettuce is very similar to other head lettuces but let me walk you through the basics. When deciding which way to plant, think about your space, your area’s climate, and any other factors that may affect lettuce growth.

Planting Lettuce Seeds Indoors For Later Transplanting

Starting your seeds indoors is a cheap yet labor-intensive option because you have to transplant the seeds once the weather warms up outside. It’s a great option to ensure your seedlings are growing properly and they don’t have to compete with the weeds.

It is advised to start your seedlings indoors between mid-February and late March. Transplant them between the end of March and the beginning of May. Of course, this depends on your temperatures.

Transplanting Lettuce Seedlings Outdoors

You can purchase seedlings from the store to transplant outdoors. This is a more expensive option but a very simple one because you don’t have to start the seedlings from scratch. The most important part of this option to space the lettuce plants far enough apart that they can grow as full lettuce heads. This is usually about 8″ apart.

As stated above, transplanting is best done between mid-March and early May.

Planting Lettuce Seeds Outdoors

This option is the cheapest option for planting your Marvel of the Four Seasons Lettuce, but it can also be the trickiest. You have to ensure correct spacing so the plants can grow well and they will also have to compete with incoming weeds. If you choose this option, be sure to get a good fertilizer and weed killer that won’t affect your beloved plants.

It is recommended to plant these seeds outdoor somewhere between late March and late April.

Overall, transplanting is the most recommended choice to grow full-sized lettuce leaves. Direct seeding is recommended in an outdoor garden when dealing with baby lettuce greens.

Growing Marvel Of Four Seasons Lettuce

Ideal temperatures for growing Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce is between 60 and 80 degrees F. Plant your lettuce in a sunny area that provides about 4 to 8 hours of sun each day. The seeds or seedlings should be planted shallow, at only about 1/4″ deep. Set the seeds on the dirt and barely cover them with soil. They’ll do the rest of the work. Water them well and keep the soil moist. Many gardeners use drip irrigation or a fine mist to water their lettuce crops. Provide the plants with a nutritious fertilizer to help them grow strong.

How To Harvest Marvel Of Four Seasons Lettuce

Once your beautiful Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce is fully formed and ready for harvest, you can cut off the whole head at the base. Not sure which harvesting knife or tool to use? Try this Harvesting Knife, it’s one of my favorites.

A common method of harvesting lettuce crops is to harvest alternating heads to leave space for the others to continue growing. This way, they aren’t growing back at each other and have more space as they rejuvenate.

If you just need individual leaves or a smaller supply, cut the leaves off about 1″ above the base to allow the plant to continue growing. It is best to use these leaves immediately as they will wilt otherwise.

Recipes For Marvel Of Four Seasons Lettuce

Marvel of Four Seasons Lettuce can be enjoyed a variety of ways. Top it with your favorite dressing and make it as a chopped salad. Some ingredients that go well with this variety of lettuce are:

  • Avocado
  • Bleu cheese
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Red wine vinaigrette
  • Bacon
  • Grilled chicken

Place the lettuce at the bottom of your dish and add any toppings that sound good to you. That’s the fun in a salad, you can’t go wrong with any toppings!

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a gardening expert and founder of Home for the Harvest. She's also an engineer and certified permaculture garden designer. Mary Jane has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, Heirloom Gardener, and Family Handyman.