Ella Kropf Lettuce
Donated to Seed Savers Exchange in 2005 by Maynard Kropf, grandson of Amish Mennonites Samuel and Ella May Kropf. They acquired it circa 1930 from a man in Stewardson, Illinois, and it became a family favorite. Tender green softball-sized heads with round leaves and pleasantly sweet flavor.
- 50-60 days
- ±26,000 seeds/oz
- Butterhead lettuce
- Heads grow to the size of a softball
- Soft texture and sweet flavor
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
This lettuce can be used in salads or as an addition to sandwiches and burgers. Mix it with other varieties to create a salad mix of different textures, colors, and flavors.
Salads that have a lettuce base are often combined with grated cheese, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, and rich and crispy meats like bacon or pork belly.
Instructions - Sow continuously for a constant supply of lettuce. Best grown in cooler weather. Plant in full sun or partial shade.
- Direct Seed: 1" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1/4"
- Germination: 7-14 Days
- Thin: 6-8" Apart
Ratings & Reviews
Bacterial Leaf spot
It grew into beautiful tight heads. It was not sweet as mentioned. One month in the leaves got bacterial leaf spot and was oozing when leaves were removed.
Beautiful and plentiful
I am currently harvesting my first crop. I germinated them in choir indoors under a grow light and transplanted in spring. They grew and grew and are just as beautiful as the picture. I love a smooth leaf and these had a good germination rate! I’m harvesting the outer leaves and they just keep growing. I live in the DC area with very hot summers. My arugula has bolted but not the Ella Kropf yet!
Must try This delicious Butterhead
I grew this in a raised bed, zone 10A, delicious, great germination rate, I let a few go to seed and planted a second crop, they were as good as the originals. So 1 packet of seed 11 months of lettuce! I donated to a local farmer any we didn't eat and the chickens loved it too!