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TOM THUMB LETTUCE (47 days)

This variety actually produces a full butterhead in a relatively short period of time. 6-7” heads have firm structure and compact habit. Leaves are dark green and the entire head will make a large salad for one. Can be grown 2-4 heads per square foot.  

500 seeds

PLANTING

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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    BK
    01/10/2017
    Bill Koechling

    Yes!

    This is one of the best-tasting lettuces I've grown. I come back to it year after year because my daughter and her boyfriend insist on it! It has a wonderful buttery taste. I cut it about an inch from the ground and each head grows back. It retains its flavor until mid summer in our Northern Illinois garden.

    MM
    05/02/2016
    Meg McGinnis

    Doing this one again!

    I planted this lettuce last fall in whiskey barrels to winter over and eat during the hunger gap time in the garden. They have done great!. I was able to easily cover them if we here to have below freezing weather. I used compost and a little potting soil mix in the barrels. They have also held well into the spring. It is May and we are still eating them and they are delicious. This was done in Western Washington state..