Little Gem is our substitute for Tan-Tan
A unique little gem type from a prominent German grower. Forms a fairly tight buttery head which can be harvested young, or individual leaves can be scavenged almost immediately. Flavor is fine on meaty green leaves. Suitable for container growing!
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 outside. Sow 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.
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.