Lettuce, Little Gem Pearl (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Mini Green Romaine. 50 days.
A selection of Little Gem, this variety makes miniature heads of green romaine, and is possibly the best for sweet flavor. Because they are so compact, you can plant at twice the density of standard head lettuce, thus yielding more heads per bed foot. Also a great variety for container growing. A Royal Horticultural Society award winner, originally from England and said to be resistant to DM 1, 5 and 7.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year-round. Transplant into the garden 3-4 weeks after sprouting at 3″ spacing for leaf, 12″ for heads. Alternatively, direct sow March through September. In our area, lettuce can go through winter if protected. Succession sow for continual harvest.
Collect seeds when flowers are downy like dandelions. Cut seed heads and place upside down in a bag to dry for a few days. Knock seed heads against side of bucket or tote, rub downy fluff off seeds. Winnow and screen to clean.