Romaine lettuce 'Little Gem'
Lactuca sativa var. longifolia
Little Gem is part of the Lettuce genus and is a Romaine lettuce variety. Its scientific name is Lactuca sativa var. longifolia 'Little Gem'. Little Gem is a variety of heirloom Romaine lettuce .
A small robust romaine with sweet flavor. Moderate bolt resistance, because it is a Romaine. Its small size makes it easy to grow, perfect for individual salads, and ideal for patio containers and small gardens.This variety is an Vegetable that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Little Gem is known for growing to a height of approximately 7.8 inches (that's 20.0 cm in metric).
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How to grow Romaine lettuce 'Little Gem'
Grow plants on and harvest from mid summer onwards, protect from birds and insects with horticultural fleece.Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Little Gem is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Little Gem are Zone 4 and Zone 9. Little Gem requires a soil ph of 5.8 - 6.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil.
Growing Little Gem from seed
Sow thinly in soil with a fine tilth water ground in dry periodsLook to ensure a distance 5.85 inches (15.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.39 inches (1.0 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Little Gem about 53 days before your last frost date.
Transplanting Little Gem
Thin out seedlings gradually to leave plants to mature at a distance of 25cm between seedlings. The immature thinnings can be eaten as baby salad leaves.Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Little Gem is a tender plant.
Harvesting Little Gem
Romaine lettuce 'Little Gem' information
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Little Gem-Pearl, Mini Romaine, Tennis Ball, Sucrine
06 Jul 2012
More harvested than noted. Final gathering for stir fry to clear ground
16 Apr 2012
a big failure going on for a month, now I’m testing inside under lights with “very special” soil for the “very special” seeds. >:)
22 Aug 2011
Not really impressed. Four plants stayed very small & leaves very small. Most actually used on sandwiches. Did continue to grow after picking. Took til late Aug for bolting. 1st time, not likely again