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Lettuce, Simpson Elite

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Similar to Black-Seeded Simpson, this one can be harvested a month longer.

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Fast-growing, crinkly, medium green leaves with a crisp texture and fine flavor. Rarely gets bitter. Early maturing and tolerant of hot weather. Plant early in spring and repeat every 2 weeks into fall. Protect from heat with shade cloth. Likes fertile soil, ample water. Best when picked minutes before your meal. Space lettuce plants 8" apart. A 500-seed packet will plant about 30' of row.
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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.

Looseleaf

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

48 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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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
Looseleaf
Days To Maturity
48 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
8 inches
Lettuce, Simpson Elite is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste. Works all summer Keep trying other types, yet keep growing Simpson Elite. Tastes the best and multiple plantings work all season. Huge heads. I also just cut leaves I need.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent lettuce We have planted Simpson Elite Lettuce from Burpee for many, many years. It reliably produces the earliest pickings of lettuce in the spring and continues for weeks thereafter. The 48 days to maturity allows multiple plantings, several weeks apart yielding an ongoing production of lettuce. Planting it along with other lettuces provides a great variety of salad options.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bright and Beautiful This lettuce looks beautiful in the garden. It's bright color is appealing to look at and eat! I grew 4 varieties of loose-leaf lettuce in the garden this year, and this is by far my favorite. It has a very mild flavor, and produced quite well. I was able to share with my family and friends.
Date published: 2009-08-12
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