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LACTUCA sativa 'Little Gem'
Cos Lettuice, Dwarf Romaine Lettuce
Compact and delicious, 'Little Gem' bears tight upright heads of curled emerald-green leaves that are crisp like romaine but heavy-textured like a butterhead. The central "head" is surrounded by a ruff of larger, flatter outer leaves. The average head fits easily on a salad plate. This variety takes a mere 50 days from sowing to harvest. Successive plantings every 10 to 14 days will yield a season-long harvest, except for during the hottest days of summer.
Lettuce is an annual garden green grown for its smooth, thin, buttery leaves and looser heads. When temperatures warm up, the whole leafy clump elongates and grows upwards. At this stage it is no longer good eating. When fully elongated it "bolts," producing tall branched stems covered with pale yellow flowers, followed by fluffy white seedheads. Seed savers should collect the mature seeds for another planting.
In temperate zones lettuce is favored as a spring and fall crop; in frost-free winter zones it is grown as a winter crop. Full sun, rich well-drained soil, and regular water are needed for good production and performance. ‘Little Gem’ is a great choice for edible landscaping if you are short on space or prefer to grow crops in containers or window boxes.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
5"-7" / 12.7cm - 17.8cm
4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm
Northern Europe, Northern Africa, Asia
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Light Green
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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