Celtuce or Stem Lettuce

Item Number: 85013
  • Description
  • The leaves of Celtuce are bright green leading down to a small white mid-rib. It is high in vitamins and makes a super addition to stir fry dishes or salads.

    Really a stem-lettuce of Chinese origin, totally mis-named in America. It has two different uses. Firstly, the leaves are picked young and used in salads rather like a "cut and come again" lettuce; later the rosette formation changes as the stem elongates rather like a cabbage stalk covered with leaves and a small tuft of leaves on the top. The second use is for the stem, which is peeled of the outer cover and thinly sliced, used either raw in salads or lightly steamed as a vegetable. Sow from April and May onwards, either in a nursery bed and transplant to the growing site spead 30cm apart each way, or sow in the final site and thin to 30cm. Young leaves are ready about 4-5 weeks after planting and stems are ready when about 30cm tall.


  • Pack size: 650 Seeds
  • Qty

    £ 1.60

When to sow

  • Jan
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  • Sow
  • Plant
  • Harvest


April to May


Sowings can be made underglass, sow seeds into pots or trays of seed sowing compost at a temperature of 15-20C and lightly cover seeds with sprinkling of vermiculite or compost. Alternatively sow seeds from April thinly along rows 1.5cm (1/2in) deep and 30cm (12in) apart direct in the vegetable plot. 


Sowings made underglass can be pricked out into individual pots or module trays and grown on until ready to harden off and plant out into the vegetable plot 30cm (12in) apart between the plants and the rows. Seedlings sown direct outside can be thinned once large enough to handle to 30cm (12in) apart. 


July to September