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Little Gem Lettuce (50 Days)

Miniature heads are crisp, sweet, with thick hearts combining the characteristics of romaine and butterhead types. Good choice for small spaces intensive planting, with 6“ by 6“ heads that stand up to early summer heat. 

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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Amy H.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Didn’t grow well but not the seed’s fault

Very good . I just started a garden and my soil was not up to snuff. The seeds germinated at a moderate rate and grew slowly because of it. I’ve had great success in the past with this company’s seeds. Not their fault.

Diane T.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Used seeds in aerogarden

Great seeds all sprouted in my aerogarden

Mark S.
United States United States
Little Gem

Pinetree delivered the seeds well, at low cost. This lettuce type is a bit bitter and strong so I will probably stick with other varieties in the future.

Kurtis K.
United States United States
Reliable plant

This is quickly becoming my "canary in the coal mine" for hydroponic experiments. The lettuce germinates quickly and reliably which makes tracking hydro issues easier. Also tastes really nice!

Paula S.
United States United States

This is a great lettuce...not fussy to grow and each head is the perfect size; fits in the palm of my hand. Also reliably germinates and tolerates a variety of growing conditions.