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Lettuce, Little Caesar

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Perfect for small gardens and easy to grow. Burpee Exclusive.

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The right stuff for caesar salad is this blend of tasty green outer leaves and blanched golden inner leaves. Tall heads have sweet, crisp leaves and is perfect for small gardens and easy to grow. It's about 2/3 the size of Parris Island Cos and is not troubled by tip-burn. One head is just right for two. Grows best in cool weather. Plant early in spring and replant as a fall crop. Protect from heat with shade cloth. Likes fertile soil, ample water. Best when picked minutes before your meal. Space lettuce plants 8" apart.
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70 days

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Full Sun

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6 inches

Height null

9-15 inches

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Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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Fall, Spring

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2-4 weeks BLF

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8 inches

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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 Maturity
    70 days
    Leaf Texture
    Full Sun
    6 inches
    9-15 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
    Planting Time
    Fall, Spring
    Sow Time
    2-4 weeks BLF
    8 inches
    Life Cycle
  • Lettuce, Little Caesar is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2014-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2012-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2011-05-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by 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: 2010-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2009-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2009-08-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by 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: 2009-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by 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
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