Tom Thumb Lettuce Seeds - (Lactuca sativa)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 200 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 50-70 days
- Days to Germination:
- 2-10 days @ 60-70F
- Plant Spacing:
- Soil Requirements:
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Tom Thumb Lettuce - Tennis Ball Sized Heads
Slightly savoyed, bright green slightly crumpled leaves with a sweet, delicate flavor, on compact heads. One head makes a salad for two. Beautiful in small pots, window boxes, hanging baskets and planted under trees. Grows well planted close together in small spaces.
Dates from 1830's one of the oldest American lettuce still grown. From the 1888 RH Allen Seed Co- "Very dwarf, but an abundant yield. Fine quality with heads about 9 inches."
Lettuce is thought to have originated in Asia Minor, probably from one of the wild lettuce types, of which there are more than 100 varieties. Lettuce graced the tables of Persian kings, Roman senators, and medieval lords. It has been food for peasant and noble alike for hundreds of years. Lettuce was also prized medicinally for its cooling powers and was used to tame fevers, liver inflammations and lust.
Leaves are used in salads and on sandwiches.
Mulching your lettuce plants will help the shallow root system maintain even moisture. Try to keep constant moisture by watering the soil not the leaves.
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This lettuce produces little compact heads. They are portion size, and my kids get a kick out of eating a whole head of lettuce! They bolt in my climate, so we need to be sure to eat them quickly. But that is not too big a problem - the biggest worry is sowing enough of them.
The Master Gardeners at the historic Francis Land House Heirloom Vegetable Garden in Virginia Beach, Virginia are providing feedback on the donated seeds. Our garden consists of 35 raised beds, each four feet by twenty feet. The garden receives full sun all day and is fertilized with a combination of compost and commercial organic fertilizer. Cimarron and Tom Thumb were grown here for the first time. Tom Thumb was a little jewel, looks, and taste both good. Plants were started indoors and transplanted in March, followed by direct seeding in April for successive crops.
Probably because it has such a small head this is a terrific container lettuce. Very sweet. The only drawback is that it bolts quickly here in Kingman, Arizona, so you have to keep up with the harvest.