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Lettuce, Little Gem

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Little Gem is one of the best tasting and most trouble-free lettuces you can grow.

Full Description

Cook's Garden Favorite. The small, robust green heads are perfect for individual salads, and its firm upright habit makes it great for sandwiches as well. Little Gem is the one to grow for Hearts of Romaine.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Romaine

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

50-55 days

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.

Savoy

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

9-15 inches

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
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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.
  • Follow 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 frequently during periods of drought.
  • Mulch 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.
Type
Romaine
Days To Maturity
50-55 days
Leaf Texture
Savoy
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Spread
6 inches
Height
9-15 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Lettuce, Little Gem is rated 2.7 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Failed to germinate I sowed 50 cells with five different types of lettuce (including other lettuce types from Burpee). The Little Gem was the only one that failed to germinate. The package was within 'sell-by' date and kept dry prior to planting.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre taste, slow growing I was taken in by Burpee's description of a great tasting, quick growing, heading lettuce. Germination was excellent, I'll give it that much, and extremely slow to bolt (none of mine ever did, even in the hottest part of summer). Other than that....the taste was ok but nothing special, and ever so slightly bitter. But that may have been in part because despite being planted in early April, and being one of the first veggies to sprout in the garden, I had to leave them in the ground all summer long to get them to even begin to head up. PSH to 55 days. Not going to happen. I took the attached picture in mid August, which is FOUR MONTHS after planting them, and they've still barely begun to head up and look nothing like Burpee's photo. I'll plant the rest of the packet just to use them up and harvest them as baby greens next year, but then I doubt I'll buy this type again.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful,compact tasty lettuce ! I have grown this now for 2 years,this year with seeds from last year ! no problem with germination or growth.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from zero germination This was the only lettuce of the 5 kinds planted that did not germinate.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I bought this because I wanted a fast growing lettuce and the maturity is advertised as 50-55 days onthe Burpee website. When I received the product, the packet says 70-75. That's a 3 week difference!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this lettuce! My first truly successful lettuce crop! Great flavor, texture, and bug free!
Date published: 2017-02-16
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