Lettuce Tom Thumb
Item Number: 12610
Lettuce is one of the staple ingredients in a crispy, fresh summer salad. So what could be better than growing your very own lettuce to add to your tasty salads.
Tom Thumb is a very quick maturing variety, producing small but very solid heads with terrific flavour and nice texture. Sow early under cover and up to June only.
Seed Count: 1,400
WHEN TO SOW
March to June.
WHERE TO SOW
Sow the seeds thinly in shallow drills 2cm deep. Early sowings can be made in cold frames or under cloches.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Thin the seedlings as they appear to 15cm apart. The thinned seedlings can be transplanted into a separate bed 15cm apart. As the plants grow, pull and use alternate plants.
First heads should be ready 8-10 weeks after sowing.
As this variety takes up so little space, it can be grown in a window box or grow bag.
Lettuce is high in anti-oxidants, folic acid and vitamin C.
Lettuce seeds can be sown in modules. seed trays or direct into the growing site and thinned to the required spacings as soon as possible. Rows should be about 30cm apart and the seeds sown 1cm deep. Small lettuces can be spaced at 15-20cm distances, whilst large crispheads will need 30-35cm. Regular watering is essential especially the 7-10 days before maturity. Lettuces mature quickly, butterheads at about 10 weeks and crisphead and cos types at around 14 weeks. They will not stand for more than 5-7 days once mature before running to seed, so successful successional sowing or the use of the "cut and come again" types is required. Sowings begin in February under glass at 15°C followed by outdoor sowings under cloches until late autumn. Sowings for overwinter production uses cloches and glasshouse. Germination difficulties may be experienced in July and August as lettuce seed will go into dormancy if sown in very hot weather.