Lettuce, Little Caesar
Perfect for small gardens and easy to grow. Burpee Exclusive.
Days To Maturity
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
2-4 weeks BLF
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How to Sow
- Sow lettuce seeds in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop. Sow in late summer for fall crop.
- Sow every two weeks to extend harvests.
- In late summer, sow in a protected are that stays below 75 degrees F.
- Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
- Folow the spacing recommended on the seed packet for specific varieties.
- Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days.
How to Grow
- Thin to stand 8 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.
- Keep lettuce plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.
- Lettuce is shallow-rooted, so avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- Unless there is regular rainfall, lettuce plants must be watered deeply at least once a week and more frequent during periods of drought.
- Mulch your home garden with a layer of compost or clean straw to help the soil retain moisture.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- For the best quality, pick lettuce early rather than late as lettuce allowed to grow too long may be bitter and tough.
- Try to harvest in the morning when the leaves are crisp, sweet, and full of moisture.
- Harvest looseleaf types anytime the leaves are large enough to use.
- Harvest butterhead types when they have formed heads and the leaves are a good size.
- Cut the heads below the crown.
- On leaf types, you can just pick a few leaves at a time, if you like.
- Store for 5-7 days in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Many gardeners wrap leaves in moist paper towels.
- Lettuce is a classic ingredient in salads. It adds crispness to sandwiches and can be used as a garnish, braised, or added to soups. Many of the looseleaf cultivars are also decorative in the garden.
Days To Maturity70 daysLeaf TextureSmoothSunFull SunSpread6 inchesHeight9-15 inchesSow MethodDirect Sow/Indoor SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin8 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Lettuce, Little Caesar is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 5 out of 5 by Sweepea from Old faithful A standard in our garden. Picking outer leaves of several plants enables a continuous harvest without having to uproot an entire plant. Stands straight but not too tall for the lettuce cage -- our solution to voracious birds. Just wish it would peak when we have tomatoes and peppers!Date published: 2014-03-03Rated 5 out of 5 by Kgardner from Wonderful lettuce We have been growing Little Caesar Lettuce from Burpee for many years. It is a reliable variety that is very easy to grow and always provides a flavorful abundance. This dwarf romaine type lettuce produces more per square foot than standard romaine varieties.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by cudda from Caesar Salad Lettuce Just had my first salad right out of my garden and it was wonderful. I highly recommend Lettuce (Caesar's Favorite).Date published: 2011-05-29Rated 1 out of 5 by JonQ from Very disappointing Apparently just 6 hours of direct sun is not quite good enough for this letuce. I made 6 plantings from mid-March to mid-June and never saw any attempt to head; just a few decent leaves per stalk before bolting! It was a very, very wet and mild summer here with just one hot week at the end of June. Back to Buttercrunch for me; can't beat All-America winners.Date published: 2010-01-16Rated 5 out of 5 by Kendra from Wonderful lettuce These grew great and tasted even better. They grew very fast, and lasted over a week in the fridge after it was picked.Date published: 2009-09-04Rated 5 out of 5 by GardenGirl88 from A Very Nice Addition Started very easily right in the garden and had germination of about 95-100%. Grew quickly and nicely uniform, very slow to bolt. This was a nice flavor enhancer to the store-bought iceberg lettuce. Made very good caesar salad, which I can't seem to get enough of. From the 10 feet of row we planted we were able to donate quite a bit to a local assisted living facility in addition to all the meals we had ourselves.Date published: 2009-08-27Rated 4 out of 5 by 7im8 from Mixed Tastes I like it, my wife says it's too bitter. After two seasons, trying a different variety (Vivian). The Burpee description seems accurate. Germinates well, grows well, usually slow to bolt. Great for picking a few bottom leaves for a sandwich all spring and in to summer.Date published: 2009-04-11Rated 5 out of 5 by stexas from Great I started these a little late, but they survived the South Texas heat and gave a great crop. They taste great and get huge with good care.Date published: 2008-06-02