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Grow in spring and fall in cool climates and in winter in warm ones.

Vit Cornsalad Seeds

(P) Pkt
Item # 52535-PK-P1
Available to ship.

A Gourmet Green for Quick Salads!

The tender, delicate leaves have a nutty-minty flavor.
47 days. If you're new to corn salad, you're in for such a treat! Vit is a French variety with a pronounced (yet mild) nutty flavor with a hint of mint, very satisfying in quick salads or lightly cooked like spinach. Mildew-resistant and vigorous, it grows readily in spring and fall in cool climates, or in winter in warmer ones. Altogether a quick, easy, very satisfying gourmet crop for kitchen garden o veggie patch!

The spoon-shaped leaves are dark green and glossy, arising very densely on plants that only reach 4 to 6 inches high and about 2 inches wide. Corn Salad (also known as Mache, Rapunzel, and Lamb's Lettuce!) needs moisture for best production, but this becomes a problem for some varieties. Vit is among the most mildew-resistant, so you can grow it fearlessly even in rainy or humid climates.

Packed with vitamins C, B, and E (among many others!), Vit is a nutritious quick green you can grow in almost no space Give it a try this season and it may just become your "green of choice"!

Direct sow in a well-prepared seed bed or your Bio Dome, barely covering the seeds or setting them on top of the Bio Sponge. If garden-sowing, space rows about 6 inches apart, and thin the seedlings to 2 inches apart. You may want to sow successively for several weeks, so that you have a longer harvest. Pkt is 1/16 oz.

Genus Valerianella
Species locusta
Variety 'Vit'
Item Form (P) Pkt
Days to Maturity 47
Fruit Color Green
Habit Upright
Plant Height 4 in - 6 in
Plant Width 2 in
Additional Characteristics Cool Season, Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Herbs
Foliage Color Dark Green
Harvest Season Early Fall, Early Spring, Early Winter, Late Fall, Late Winter, Mid Fall, Mid Spring, Mid Winter
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Powdery Mildew
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Outdoor, Winter Interest
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Corn Salad Germination Information

Corn Salad Seed Germination How to Sow Corn Salad:
  • Best sown outdoors in situ when the soil is cool, as they will not germinate in warm soils
  • Seeds should be sown 2-4 weeks before last frost in the spring or at the time of the first frost of autumn
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors at 68-70°
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds and expect germination in 10-20 days
  • In Zones 8 and warmer, sow in the fall for a fall-winter harvest; in cooler areas sow in the spring for a spring-summer harvest
  • Harvest in 30 days from sowing

How to Grow Corn Salad:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space 1 foot apart

Lighting: Site in full sun to partial shade

Soil: Site in a moist, well-drained soil

Additional Care: It is very frost and freezing tolerant into Zone 5. It is a cool-season annual that will quickly go to seed when temperatures reach 80°. As the plants can become weedy, deadhead the flowering stems to prevent plants from self-sowing

Appearance and Use:

These plants form 1 foot wide, basal rosettes of 6 inch long, green, round to spoon-shaped, smooth-textured, almost succulent leaves. Flowering stems produce clusters of tiny, blue flowers. The tender leaves are the edible portion with a sweet, nutty flavor. Harvest using the “cut and come again” protocol when the leaves are of a desired size. Make a final harvesting when the flowers develop as the plants will quickly go to seed. Use them in salads, omelets, and as a general spinach substitute

About Corn Salad:
Botanical name: Valerianella locusta
Pronunciation:  vå-le-ri-å-nel’å lo-kus’tå
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Valerianaceae; native to Europe, North Africa, and western Asia

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.

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