Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce

Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce

Lactuca sativa
New York heirloom circa 1880.

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One of the earliest maturing loose leaf lettuces. Frilly light green leaves stay crisp and tender after cutting. In 1881 Thomas Meehan published these words about Black Seeded Simpson in The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23: W. C, Belvidere, N. J., writes: - "I have sent you today, by express, a head of lettuce - Black seeded Simpson. Will you kindly express your opinion in your valuable Gardener's Monthly; that is if you think it's worth it? I think it the most valuable I ever grew. It possesses the good quality of standing so long before running to seed. I set these lettuce out between cauliflowers and peas. The sight was very striking before any were cut." The one plant filled a large nail keg, and was very crisp and free from bitterness. - Ed. G. M. Still a favorite of home gardeners and market growers after all these years.
Number of Seeds 250 seeds
Spacing in Row 8 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Planting Depth 1/2 inch
Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 45 days
Height at Maturity 10 inches
Width at Maturity 10 inches
Sow indoors beginning 8-10 weeks before last frost, or direct sow beginning about 4 weeks before last frost. Harvest late spring and summer sowings promptly to beat bolting. Continue sowing until about 2 weeks before first fall frost. Lettuce likes steady (but not excessive) moisture and can become prematurely bitter during dry spells; keep irrigated for best-tasting leaves.

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