If ever a variety deserved its name it was Little Gem!
Grow your own for the best flavour and you can eat it minutes after picking.
Compact, dark green leaves, with a very solid, crisp and crunchy heart. Extraordinarily sweet and just perfect for individual salads.
Lettuces are easy to grow in the smallest of gardens or even in pots on a balcony or patio.
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How to Guide
Almost fill a seed tray with moist seed compost. Sow seeds thinly over the surface, and lightly cover them with a little more compost.
Place in warmth 10-15C (50-60F) and keep moist. When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings 5cm (2in) apart into trays of potting compost. Gradually accustom them to conditions outside for 2-3 weeks before planting out to their cropping positions 25cm (10in) apart from late spring onwards. Water plants generously in dry weather.
Sow seeds thinly in a pre-watered shallow row, lightly covering with a little soil. Keep soil moist as dry conditions impair germination.
Remember small sowings made every three weeks through the summer should ensure a continuous supply of delicious lettuces. Allow 30cm (12in) between rows.
Potting on/Thining Out
Thin seedlings to about 25cm (10in) apart when large enough to handle.