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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 


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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    Debbie S.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Tom Thumb Lettuce

    Great shopping and ordering experience. Seeds arrived quickly and germinated well.

    HENRY H.
    United States United States
    the ground hog ate these toooooo ! :-(

    great selling/buying experience

    United States United States
    Tom Thumb lettuce Yay!

    Mmmmm! Yay for Tom Thumb lettuce! Beautiful and yummy!

    Roy M.
    United States United States
    Tom Thumb and other others

    I recently bought a packet each of Tom Thumb, Red Deer's Tongue, Little Gem and Freckles lettuce from Pinetree. These, along with New Red Fire, Joker, Simpson and a couple of others left from last year were used in a comparison test done in my 60-pod basement hydroponics system. I've done business with Pinetree for years and always find them prompt, their seeds of good quality and on the rare occasions there was an issue the customer service is excellent. Seed sales magazines are tempting and I've tried others but always go back to Pinetree. R. Marshall, Iowa

    Bill K.

    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.