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Tom Thumb Lettuce

Tom Thumb Lettuce

Lactuca sativa
Little softball-sized butterheads--appealing to people big and small.

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These small lettuces grow quickly; full-size heads (which top out around the size of a large apple) are ready to eat in just over six weeks. Tom Thumb's leaves are bright green, with a buttery and smooth texture. Piled whole with coarsely chopped vegetables, Tom Thumb makes a dramatic salad.
Number of Seeds 250 seeds
Spacing in Row 6 inches
Spacing Between Rows 8 inches
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 50 days
For steady supply, direct sow outdoors when soil becomes workable in spring until 6 weeks before first fall frost, at 2-week intervals. Sow seeds 12 per foot, then thin to 6" apart. Lettuce requires full sun to partial shade and prefers steady moisture. Tolerates moderate soil fertility.

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