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Tennis Ball Lettuce (Heirloom, 50 Days )

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When it comes to heirloom lettuce, this is one of the oldest varieties cultivated in the country. Grown at Monticello during Thomas Jefferson’s time, and one of the most popular at the turn of the century. Historically it used to be pickled in brine and served as a side. The taste and texture of this lettuce was out of this world! Silky smooth, buttery leaves melt in your mouth; one of the best tasting lettuces we have ever tried. It grows a bit bigger than a single serving size head of the similar variety Tom Thumb, cut in half makes a perfect salad for two. Compact heads work well planted close together in tighter spaces.

500 seeds 


Lactuca sativa

Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF. Soil temperatures above 75 ºF inhibits germination.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼ inch deep

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

Sowing Outdoors: Spring when soil temperature reaches at least 50ºF. 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 1/2 oz. Pinetree Lettuce Mix.

How much does a packet plant: 25-40 foot single row  

Harvest: Cut whole heads, full sized or baby 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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Lori B.
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Great Single-Serving Lettuce

Tennis Ball germinated well for me, withstood the early cold weather, and produced right on time here in Kentucky. It’s a nice sweet and crispy single serve head and my wife and I are enjoying it. Will grow again.

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Great Lettuce!

I tried this last year along with Tom Thumb, and I find it far superior. I live in zone 5b, and this lettuce has held better for me, and holds it's nice, loose, head. I plant so that the heads form with plenty of room, thin to a single head, then harvest the heads. I love the smooth, buttery, taste. Doesn't seem to turn bitter as fast as Tom Thumbs, but I do put a floating row cover on after the weather turns hot. This is my second year, and I will be growing this again!

Great taste. Successful heading for Home gardener

Never had a true heading lettuce work without bolting. This is great. Not a tight head but big and tasty. Planted seedlings early that I had I started inside. Getting hot now so I’m picking fast. Slow to bolt but not taking any chances. Prolific, tasty and good size.