Mache for winter salads.This versatile, vigorous, mildew-resistant variety is excellent at a time of year when greens become scarce. Long, oval, glossy green leaves form tight rosettes. Mild, slightly nutty flavor also reminiscent of roses. Also known as mâche, lamb’s lettuce, and corn salad. Unsized seed. Avg. 14,900 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Valerianella locusta
CULTURE: Mache, also known as “corn salad” or “lamb’s lettuce,” grows well in cool or mild weather conditions. Mache can be planted anytime soil temperatures range from 41–68°F (5-20°C). Do not sow if soil temperatures have exceeded 68°F (20°C). At temperatures greater than 70°F (21°C) the seed will go dormant. In northern latitudes mache can be grown year-round utilizing open field, cold greenhouse, and high tunnel systems. In southern areas mache is adapted for open-field winter production. Mache germinates slowly in 10–14 days.
DIRECT SEEDING: Sow 1″ apart in rows 4–18″ apart. Thin to 3″.
HARVEST: Cut young rosettes (entire plants) at the root attachment when 2–3″ tall. Mache can be used alone, or as a component of a salad mix.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 750’/oz., 5 1/4 lb./acre at 36 seeds/ft. in rows 12″ apart. Up to double this rate is often used.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ.: Avg. 17,000.
PACKET: 100 seeds sows 16′ at 30 seeds/ft.
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