LITTLE GEM LETTUCE (Lactuca sativa), also known as "Sucrine" lives up to its name! Picked at peak (don't let this one get too big or it gets bitter) is a delightful butterhead/romaine (semi-cos) with crisp, crunchy and very sweet flavor -- perfect for individual salads or presentations. You will not usually find this lettuce at market, though it holds in the salad drawer for a week. This one is especially favored for sauteeing in butter with a sprinkle of lemon juice. Grows 4" - 6" high and you can plant quite close together to maximum yield. And this one has good heat tolerance on top of all its other virtues. 50 days. 100 seeds.
GROWING TIPS: Lettuces are my absolute favorite - I dedicate a lot of space to them in my garden because I like variety and they can be really beautiful kissed by the sun. Direct sow in early spring and late summer. The more space each lettuce has to grow the larger it becomes. If you are sowing for quick greens, don't bother to thin - just use your scissors to clips what you need for dinner as it will continue to grow. Lettuces love cool (not cold) weather and respond to well-prepared soil and regular weeding and watering. Relatively pest-free, with the exception of slugs (easily combatted with a barrier of ashes or copper wire) and furry invaders (chicken ware cloches work best there).