LETTUCE Romaine Parris Island Cos - 150 HEIRLOOM Seeds
One of the best romaine types available. It is simple to grow and resilient. Its uniform heads are pale cream-green inside and the outside is dark green. Its flavorful pale centres are surrounded by thick green outer leaves on enormous upright plants.
Parris Island Cos romaine lettuce seeds can be planted close together for a long harvest of little leaves for gourmet salads. Given space and time to grow to full size, Parris Island forms huge heads up to 30cm (12") tall, but even at this crazy size, the leaves are tender and succulent, with a mild flavour.
Care & Sowing Instructions
Sow approx. 5mm deep direct or in punnets throughout the year, except during extreme hot or cold days or other types of extreme weather. The prefers FULL SUN position, however, partial shade could greatly extend the lettuce growing season, especially in Summer.
The plant emerges in 2-10 days depending upon weather and growing conditions.
Harvest baby leaves in 28 days and full size in 50-70 days.
Keep moist during dry weather. Don’t pull the entire plant; keep harvesting leaves to encourage further tender growth.
Protect from the heat with a shade cloth. Likes fertile soil and ample water. Best when picked minutes before your meal.
Sprouting Lettuce Seed in Warm Weather
In warmer temperatures, imbibing or soaking the seeds in water for at least 16 hours before planting in a well-lit area will increase the germination percentages greatly. Red light has been found to be the best colour, but many home gardeners won’t have access to a non-heating red light and sunlight or full-spectrum light was found to be almost as good. Soaking the seeds in the dark in warmer conditions decreased their germination rates.
Another technique that has shown to be successful is to soak the seeds in cool water in a well-lit area for 16 – 24 hours. This approach has increased the germination rate up to 97% when planted in warmer conditions. Soaking for less than 16 hours has little to no positive effect on germination.
Other successful methods of extending the season for lettuce in the garden include laying a thick mulch of straw or wood chips on the ground of at least 4-6 cm. This insulates the soil from becoming too hot and drying out too fast and helps to preserve moisture in the soil.
Shading the lettuce plants can give enough of a temperature drop to keep them from bolting, sometimes up to 3 – 5 weeks. Shade can be from a shade cloth on a row cover or hoop type structure or companion planting of tall wide leafed plants such as some types of pumpkin.
The traditional rule of thumb of “plant early and the plant often” for lettuce can also be said as “plant late and the plant often”, but some of the more heat-tolerant varieties, along with soaking in the light and providing some mulch and shade can greatly extend your lettuce season in the garden this year.
A propagation note will be supplied with the seed packet for your convenience.
All orders are dispatched from our shop in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Order dispatch time guidelines
Order Placement date
|21/09/2021 4:15pm AEST onwards||2-3 business days||
As per Australia Post timelines*
Delays in AusPost network
|18/09/2021 onwards||2-5 business days||
As per Australia Post timelines*
Delays in AusPost network
4-6 business days
As per Australia Post timelines
* Please note that Australia Post is experiencing delays within their delivery network, so the delivery estimate dates are not guaranteed.
We appreciate your patience during the testing time as we are working under the challenging circumstances of Sydney COVID restrictions to prepare and pack your orders as quickly, and safely as possible. You shall receive an email / SMS notification with a tracking number as soon as your order has been dispatched. We are dispatching ALL seed orders via Australia Post tracking letters for certainty & peace of mind during this uncertain time of our lives.
Please see the table below or use the shipping calculators on this website.
|Economy Delivery||Small seed packets||$3.95 or FREE on orders of $40 or above|
|Small seed packets||$6.50 for Australia Post Tracking Letter|
|BULK seeds by weight||$10.00|
|Express Delivery||Seed packets||$12.00|
We'll use the most economical method to deliver your order. Delivery times vary but are generally from 3-7 business days.
During the planting season change mainly around the end of Winter (August) and the beginning of Spring (September), our order processing time can increase to 8 business days. We encourage you to plan early and place your seed order as early as possible to avoid any delays to your planting schedule. We strive to dispatch orders in 1-2 business days during the rest of the period
We ship orders in tracking letters for some of the standard economy delivery, if possible, for peace of mind. The large orders are always dispatched in a tracking letter. We may use Australia Post Registered Post, which requires a signature on delivery, or you may need to present your ID to collect it.
It's the fastest possible delivery service within the Australia Post network.
We will process your order after we have received clear payment in accounts.
Orders to Western Australia and Tasmania may be subject to additional delays due to inspections by Quarantine.
Dispatch and delivery times are estimates only; we cannot guarantee delivery times as these can change for reasons beyond our control.
Postage rates are calculated based on each order. If you have placed multiple orders and have the same recipient and address, we may combine all items in single postage.
The flat International postage rate is $30 (AUD)
If you buy one packet or several packets of seeds, the shipping and handling cost will remain the same for us.
Economy Air Mail letter service has been suspended by the Australia Post until further notice due to COVID related flight restrictions.
We use Australia Post International Standard Post Parcel with a tracking facility for the International seed order delivery. It is expensive compare to Air Mail. Please check the rate yourself on auspost.com.au.
Please note that we will ship international orders at the buyer's risk and provide you with a tracking number. If your order is lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, confiscated, seized, or you don't get it for any reason, then, unfortunately, there will be NO REFUND.
We destroy all returned international seed mail orders as they are a bio-security risk for us.
We DO NOT provide phytosanitary certificates for any of our seed varieties.
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