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Post  johnp on 3/9/2015, 5:36 pm

The Chinese lady I play pickleball with just gave me a box of what she calls Chinese lettuce. They were dug up in dirt. I took them home and gently pulled them out and planted four to a square. She said they are not cabbage but lettuce. She said they grow about six inches around and 16, 18 inches tall. She doesn't know the name but that it comes from southern china. They are supposed to be extremely cold tolerant and she never covers them. I planted 12 with two in small indoor pots just in case. I still must have a dozen or more that I will give to my neighbors. If they make it I will post a picture for you experts out there to identify. They look more like spinach than lettuce but we'll see.
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Post  plantoid on 3/9/2015, 5:52 pm

The heads root in clean water ..we have two sat in a jug on the kitchen work top left over from a shop brought pack that are five weeks old .They have 1"  long roots and will be planted  in the garden when it stops raining.

Like celery stumplings if you cut them off at the stump and replant the 12 high stump wwitht eh roots intact you get a new plant. 
 We love then in Po soup , stir fry's , dipsum soup & happy family five veg plate with a thick lemon grass sauce .
 They are also OK very fine shredded on a salad & meat plate
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Post  Triciasgarden on 3/9/2015, 5:57 pm

That was sure nice of her to share! Congratulations John!
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Post  yolos on 3/9/2015, 10:22 pm

I planted a few Chinese Cabbage (Michihli).  Don't know if that is the same thing.  They look like romaine lettuce.
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Post  johnp on 3/10/2015, 8:13 am

Could be, based on her description of what they look like when mature. Hope they are a cabbage but we will see.
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Post  GWN on 3/10/2015, 10:44 am

I looked up chinese lettuce and came up with this  CELTUCE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtuce   looks interesting
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Post  johnp on 3/10/2015, 12:37 pm

I think that is the lettuce that Plantoid is talking about. The lettuce that I have has got regular looking roots.  

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These are two that I put in pots if the others don't make it, but they look fine this morning
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