PARIS WHITE COS LETTUCE (Lactuca sativa), also known as Blonde Maraichere, is a fabulous French heirloom that Thomas Jefferson brought back from his travels in the late 1700's and grew for 60 years at Monticello. Also known as the Caesar Salad lettuce, the wide, long crisp leaves form heads 10" long. Slow growing but worth the wait. This is one lettuce worth starting indoors so you get a jump on the season. 80-85 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 wire cloches work best there).