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Romaine Lettuce

A far cry from its wild, weedy ancestors, Lettuce now appears in all shapes, textures, flavors and sizes, bringing healthy crunch to modern kitchens. The varieties we offer are beautiful, reliable and usually not available in stores. To enjoy its ephemeral sweetness and texture, make sure Lettuce grows quickly: water it frequently and fertilize weekly with fish emulsion or manure tea. Direct-seed from the spring through the late summer. For baby greens, sow thickly and harvest with scissors or raise transplants, plugging seedlings into empty spaces in your garden as they become available.

Average seed life: 3 years.

To broaden the range of texture and flavor in your garden and salads, don't forget to plant some of these specialty Salad Greens: Arugula, Asian Greens, Chervil, Claytonia, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Frisee, Giant Red Mustard, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mache, Mibuna, Minutina, Mizuna, Orach, Radicchio, Salad Blends, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Tatsoi.

Little Gem Baby Romaine Lettuce

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50-70 days. Tightly wrapped, bright green leaves surround a pale yellow heart. Little Gem, also known as Sucrine, is an excellent heirloom baby Romaine imported from England. Enjoy this succulent lettuce at 5" to 7" tall when its sugary flavor and crunchy texture are second to none. Harvest just above ground level using a knife; it may produce more Little Gems! To show off the inner beauty of this diminutive Romaine, slice lengthwise to reveal its sweet blanched heart. Anoint with a favorite vinaigrette. Or, heat one half stick of sweet butter over medium heat, stirring constantly. When nicely browned, but not burned, add the juice of one lemon. Pour over Little Gem and garnish with capers and chopped Chives. (OP.)

One packet of about 700 seeds
Catalog #2640
  • Buy 10 for $3.40 each and save 10%
  • Buy 50 for $2.80 each and save 26%

Availability: Out of stock


Gardening Tips

Direct-Sow Basics

Lettuce Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
: ¼”
Row Spacing: 12”-18”
Plant Spacing:12”
Days to Germination: 7-12 days
Germination Temperature: 45°-90°F

Lettuce prefers cool weather. To raise transplants, start seeds 5 to 8 weeks before setting out. Transplant out as soon as the soil can be worked. Sow thinly in flats or pots using sterilized starter mix, cover lightly and water. Provide light, moderate warmth and good ventilation. Avoid crowding: thin to 2" apart. Amend Lettuce beds with compost, organic fertilizer and/or well-rotted manure. Gradually acclimate seedlings to outdoor temperatures and moderate sunlight, water well at transplanting time, shade seedlings from scorching sun and protect from heavy frosts. Keep soil moist with regular watering and feed with a liquid fertilizer as needed. For “baby” greens, broadcast seed, harvesting leaves when 3" to 4" high with scissors. Make successive sowings every 2 weeks for continuous harvest.

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