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Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce (Heirloom, 46 Days)

5 reviews

Heirloom 1875. An old favorite introduced by Henderson Seed Company. Light green frilly leaves, a loose head, and very dependable. Small leaves can be harvested very early. 

500 seeds


Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-75 degrees F. Soil above 75 degrees F inhibits germination.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼ inch deep

Outside Sowing: Spring when soil temperature reaches at least 50 degrees F. Sow 1” apart, thin to 6-12”, depending on the size of lettuce you want, baby to full heads. Keep soil moist during germination. Sow every 2-3 weeks for a longer harvest period. Sow heavy seeded rows every 10-14 days for baby greens using the 1 oz. Pinetree Lettuce Mix.

Starting Indoors:  3-4 weeks before planting outsideSow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot, thinning to one per cell/pot. Provide 60-70 degrees F soil temperatures. Transplant out, 8-12” apart in rows 12” apart.

How much does a packet plant: 25 foot single row  

Harvest: Cut whole heads at base or snipe off individual leaves.  

Tips: Lettuce needs fertile soil for optimum growth. Work in compost or well rotted manure into your soil before planting. Provide adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.

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I recommend this product
black seeded simpson lettuce

My shopping experience with Pinetree has always been 1st rate. I have been ordering from your company for at least 20 years and have always been satisfied. I really like the fact that you keep the prices very reasonable. Black seeded simpson lettuce is a variety I had growing up and is one of my favorites for flavor and speed of growth.

I recommend this product
Grows well in the deep South!

I live in Houston and planted this variety in my 2018/19 fall/winter garden. It did very well. Tolerated 30F temperature and a light frost. Did not bolt until Spring temps hit 85+ regularly as in a week straight. Planting again this year!! Even when the heads are very large, leaves stay tender and succulent.

Bette C.
Always a must in our garden

Have grown Black Seeded Simpson for many years as my dad did before me - it never disappoints. A must for every garden.

Timothy H.
United States
Pinetree has always been good to me

I've been ordering from Pinetree for several years and purposefully made comparisons by buying the same seed from other vendors. I keep coming back because I always get better results here. Keep up the great work. Thanks.

Sandra H.
And oldie but a goodie

Mild, tender, goes through several cuttings in my "cut and come again" container garden. Dependable and very slow to bolt.