Little Gem Lettuce Organic/Biodynamic & Pelleted

Little Gem Lettuce Organic/Biodynamic & Pelleted


75 days. We have sold Little Gem for over 20 years, and it still remains a staff favorite! English greengrocers offer this miniature green romaine with its blanched, thick heart as a gourmet treat. Heads are about 4 inches across and are prime eating from 4-6 inches tall. Plants can be spaced 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches for maximum yields.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 800 seeds per gram.
  • LT403/L
  • 1/2 gram OG/BIO
  • $3.75

  • LT403/X
  • 100 seeds Pelleted
  • $3.95

  • LT403/Y
  • 250 seeds Pelleted
  • $5.75

  • LT403/M
  • 3 grams OG/BIO
  • $6.85

  • LT403/Z
  • 1000 seeds Pelleted
  • $10.45

  • LT403/N
  • 1/2 oz OG/BIO
  • $12.95

  • LT403G2
  • 2 oz OG/BIO
  • $34.25

  • LT403G3
  • 1/4 lb OG/BIO
  • $52.75
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
40-80°F2-151/8"10-16"1"16-18"80%3 years≈ 800Low

Lactuca sativa

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Lettuce performs best in cool weather, 60-70°F, and grows in a wide range of soil types
• Plant as early as soil can be worked
• For extended harvest, plant every 2-3 weeks and choose heat tolerant varieties for summer
• Lettuce seed can be sown every month from February—October
• A cold frame and cold-hardy varieties can stretch the spring and fall growing season into the winter months
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• 1 gram of seed will sow 30 row feet
• Consistent, even watering is critical for best results

Direct Sowing
• Use row cover to improve germination and prevent soil crusting
• As soon as 2-3 true leaves have formed, thin loose-leaf types to 10-14 inches apart; icebergs, butterheads, and romaines to 12-16 inches apart

• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date

Insects & Diseases
Common pests: Aphids and slugs
Pest control: Strong spray of water for aphids or applications of Pyrethrin or Neem oil, baits, traps, or Cabbage Collars for slugs

Harvest & Storage
• While picking individual leaves helps extend the season somewhat, all eventually become bitter as they begin to bolt

What is pelleted seed?
Seed that has been coated with a clay-based material to form a larger, round shape. This makes planting by hand or mechanical seeder easier and allows for more controlled sowing of small seeds such as carrots or lettuce. All pelleted seed has a National Organic Program (NOP) approved coating.

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
BR | Bottom Rot
DM* | Downy Mildew
LD | Lettuce Drop
LMV* | Lettuce Mosaic Virus
Nr* | Lettuce Aphid
PM | Powdery Mildew
Rs | Corky Root
TBSV | Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (Lettuce Dieback Complex)
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
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lettuce - Little Gem
Jul 28, 2018  |  By Chris Young
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I've tried to grow this for 2 years - but for some reason it doesn't germinate for me - other lettuces have such as Tom thumb, Starhawk and Tropicana. Anybody else had this trouble with Little Gem ?
My favorite
Jun 9, 2016  |  By Bryan Hunt
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I liked this lettuce. Then I tried it in hydroponics and it was by far better than all the other lettuce I tried.
my favorite this year
Dec 28, 2013  |  By Tatiana Podstavkova
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I loved Little Gem's pretty heads. It really blew me away with its juicy texture!