Tom Thumb is a popular variety of Butterhead lettuce, which belongs to the Lettuce genus (Lactuca sativa var. capitata 'Tom Thumb'). Tom Thumb is a variety of heirloom OP Butterhead lettuce . Leaves appear approximately as a Grade 1 Paint Green colour.
Heirloom (1860s) butterhead type.1 Small, compact heads have medium green, crumpled outer leaves and buttery yellow inner leaves. Perfect for smaller servings. About 65 days from seed to harvest.
Sow in average soil in a sunny to partially shady location in early to mid-spring or late summer. In the deep South, Gulf and Pacific Coast areas of the US, sow from fall to early spring. In rows 1.5 feet apart, sow seeds thinly and cover with /14-1/2 inch of fine soil. Firm lightly. Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
Thin seedlings to stand 6 inches apart when they are 1-2 inches tall. Harvest fully at 3-4" across.1
It is an Vegetable and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Tom Thumb normally grows with a clump-forming habit with a max height of 7.8 inches (that's 20.0 cm metric).
Garden hints: In dry weather, keep soil moist.
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By our calculations, you should look at sowing Tom Thumb about 60 days before your last frost date.
By our calculations, you should look at planting out Tom Thumb about 45 days before your last frost date.
Harvest early, right after heads form. Cut 2" above ground level. Individual leaves can also be harvested before head forms.This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early autumn.
Non-patented (Baker Creek carries only non-patented seeds2)