(Lactuca sativa) Little Gem is a very small romaine variety. Also known as Sucrine or Sugar Cos, this English heirloom has a sweet, succulent flavor similar to a butterhead.
Little Gem produces glossy green leaves about 5” – 6” tall. Easy to grow and ready to harvest in under two months! A great variety for kids and perfectly sized for salads.
|Germination Temperature||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Sun|
|40-65||1/8-1/4"||2-14||6-12"||6-12"||Partial to Full|
Sow outside 2-4 weeks before average last frost. Start indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost or in late summer for fall planting. For continuous harvest, stagger plantings every 2-3 weeks.
Lettuce likes cool weather and lots of moisture in rich, well drained soil. Transplanting should only be done in cool, preferably cloudy weather.
To extend harvest in warmer months, choose bolt-resistant varieties and plant lettuce where it will receive afternoon shade or cover with a shade cloth.
The key to growing crisp, sweet lettuce is to get it growing at a fast pace. That means plenty of water, and a healthy dose of nitrogen-rich fertilizer.
You can pick lettuce leaves as soon as they are big enough to use. Harvest outer leaves first for continually growth. For leaf lettuce, use a knife or sharp shears to cut the leaves straight across. Leave at least 1” at the base for regrowth. We recommend harvesting your lettuce early in the morning so the leaves or heads will still be nice and crisp.