Little Gem Seed Tape (2.5m) - 2/pk

SKU: LT475T $4.49 Size: 2 x 2.5m (6.5') rolls (approx. 350 seeds)

A seed tape version of this award-winning, personal size romaine. When picked at 15cm (6") tall, they will have developed their tasty... Read More

Exposure Full sun to partial shade

Matures in 70 days

Season Cool season

Seed type OP ?

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Little Gem Seed Tape (2.5m) - 2/pk

Product Details

A seed tape version of this award-winning, personal size romaine. When picked at 15cm (6") tall, they will have developed their tasty blanched hearts and their semi-savoyed outer leaves, crisp and firm. The compact size allows for tighter spacing. The plants also boasts a natural resistance to bolting. This is a winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

1 pack includes 2 x 2.5m (6.5') of tape and contains approximately 350 seeds in total.

Start by making shallow rows in prepared soil. Unfold tape and separate the two strips. Place tape in the rows and water. Cover with 5mm (0.25 inch) of soil. Water well. Keep consistent moisture until seeds sprout in 7-15 days.

Matures in 70 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Seed tape for easy and simple sowing 
    • Outer leaves are crisp and firm
    • Mini romaines
    • Open pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 70 days

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How to Grow Romaine Lettuce Seed Tape

Step 1

Timing

Lettuce grows best in cool weather in the spring and fall, but it can be grown in the summer, and all winter long in milder regions. Sow short rows every 2-3 weeks following the last average frost date for a continual harvest. Using a cloche, cold frame, or greenhouse over mid-late summer plantings can extend the harvest period right into winter. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 10-22°C (50-72°F). Seeds should sprout in 7-15 days, depending on conditions. Lettuce seeds don’t sprout easily when the soil temperature is over 22°C (72°F) in summer.

Step 2

Starting

Seed tape is designed for the ease of direct sowing. Unfold seed tape and separate into two strips. Place the strips onto the surface of the soil, spacing the seed tape rows 15-45cm (6-18″) apart. Lightly cover with soil, about 5mm (¼”) deep. Thin little gem seed tape as close as 15cm (6″) apart.

Step 3

Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-6.5.

Aim for a soil with ample drainage and lots of organic matter. Add compost and lime at least 3 weeks prior to planting. One cup of balanced organic fertilizer per 3m (10′) of row will give adequate nutrition. Regular watering is essential to prevent leaves from developing a bitter taste.

Step 4

Germination

Days to maturity: From direct sowing. Most varieties will be ready for harvesting as baby leaves in half the days shown on the packet.

In optimal growing conditions at least 70% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 240 seeds head lettuce/1.2M seeds leaf type, per acre: 58M seeds head lettuce/348M leaf type.

Step 5

Harvest

Pick individual leaves or wait and harvest full heads once the outer leaves are 10-15cm long (4-6”). Mature summer lettuce stays in prime eating condition only a short time, so harvest promptly and keep planting. In fall and winter the plants stay in good harvest condition longer.

Tips

Disease & Pests

Crop rotation is important for disease prevention. Tip burn (tips of leaves turning brown) is caused by a calcium deficiency. If you have limed, tip burn can be caused by nutrient imbalances or lack of moisture. Slugs are a problem in early and late plantings, so clean up their hiding places, and only water in the morning.

Companion Planting

Lettuce plants make good companions for beets, Brassicas, carrot, celery, chervil, cucumbers, dill, garlic, onions, radish, spinach, squash, and strawberries.

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