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Lettuce, Little Gem Romaine

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Non-GMO, Heirloom Little Gem Lettuce Seeds grow into small "baby" green heads of romaine lettuce. The Little Gem romaine is very heat tolerant, and is perfect for growing in containers and  small spaces.  This Little Gem has a mildly sweet flavor and is ideal for salads and very tasty when grilled. For a continued harvest, plant every two weeks. Ready for harvest in 56 days.

  • Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa
  • Treated:  No
  • Germination Time:  7-14 Days
  • Days to Maturity:  40-60 Days
  • Germination Rate:  90%
  • Lifecycle:  Annual
  • Watering:  Frequent light watering
  • Sow Method:  Direct Sow or Transplant
  • Sow Depth:  1/4 - 1/2 inch
  • Seed Spacing:  1 inch
  • Plant Spacing:  Thin to 6-8 inches
  • Hardiness Zone:  3-9
  • Row Spacing:  18”
  • Growth Habit:  Mound
  • Soil Preference:  Slightly acidic to neutral
  • Temp Preference:  Warm
  • Light Preference:  Full sun to light shade
  • Color:  Green
  • Flavor:  Mildly sweet
  • Lettuce Growing Guide
  • Companion Planting Guide 

Because lettuce have shallow roots, it should be  cultivated carefully. Frequent light watering causes the leaves to develop rapidly, resulting in high-quality lettuce. Overwatering, especially in heavy soils, can lead to disease, soft growth and scalding or burning of the leaf margins. Organic mulches can help moderate soil temperature and the microenvironment to produce quality lettuce in less than ideal weather conditions.

CLASSIFICATION:  Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Non-Gmo, Annual

Open pollinated means this plants flowers are fertilized by bees, moths, birds, bats, and even the wind or rain. The seed that forms produces the same plant the following year. 

All heirlooms are open pollinated, but not all open pollinated plants are heirlooms. Only a small fraction of the plant world is considered heirloom. This variety has a history of being passed down within communities and families as early as the 1700's, similar to the generational sharing of items like jewelry or furniture.


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Nutritional Value & Health Benefits

Lettuce, except iceberg, is also a moderately good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron and copper. The spine and ribs provide dietary fiber, while vitamins and minerals are concentrated in the delicate leaf portion.