Lettuce Tom Thumb Seeds
Info: Lettuce `Tom Thumb` is a heirloom that dates to the 1850`s. This unusual miniature butterhead lettuce produces heads about the size of a grapefruit with dark green, somewhat fleshy outer leaves that wrap around a creamy yellow, mild-flavored interior. It is ideal for growing in pots, balcony boxes and small gardens and for making single salads. Tom Thumb is an excellent summer lettuce as it tolerates high temperatures at maturity and resists bolting better than larger varieties.
Sowing & cultivation: Sow outdoors successively between March to August. Seed depth 6 - 12 mm in short rows about 20 - 30 cm apart. When the seedlings are about 2cm tall, thin them out. A rich soil is excellent for lettuce, but the crop will also do well in average garden soil. Fertilize the soil with compost or horn meal before sowing. Watering is essential, the plants need almost constantly moist ground as dry soil will cause the plants to put their energy into producing flowers.
|Botanical name||Lactuca sativa var. capitata|
|Sowing||March to August|
|Location||partial shade, well-drained, fertile soil|
|Harvesting||April - October|