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Lettuce 'Little Gem'

Lactuca sativa 'Little Gem'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

2 months to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Lettuce 'Little Gem' Overview

Lactuca sativa 'Little Gem' is a popular cos type cultivar that forms a dwarf and compact head of bright green leaves. This tasty salad crop is easy to grow and Lettuce 'Little Gem' suits being grown outside; however, it is equally happy in containers in greenhouses or polytunnels. Quick growing, they can be ready to harvest within 55 to 70 days. This cultivar has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Lettuce 'Little Gem'

Lettuce can be bothered by aphids. Minor infestations can be washed off and heavier populations can be controlled by growing nasturtiums as trap plant near your lettuce. Look out for diseases like rots and remove as soon as spotted.

How to harvest Lettuce 'Little Gem'

Cos types of lettuce can be picked 60-70 days after sowing and are ready to harvest when the head of the lettuce is firm when gently pressed. Stop harvesting when a central stem starts to form. This means that the plant is getting ready to flower or bolt, turning the leaves bitter.

How to propagate Lettuce 'Little Gem'

Seed

Sow seeds 6-12 mm deep and 20-30 cm apart in a prepared bed/seed tray. Germination takes 7-14 days. replant or thin when they are big enough to handle. Sow indoors between February and June (Northern hemisphere) and plant out under cloches from March. Direct sow outdoors after the last frost, or provide cover for earlier sowings.

Special features of Lettuce 'Little Gem'

Crop rotation

Lettuce 'Little Gem' is a medium feeder and needs a moderate amount of nutrients and when crops are rotated, avoid planting radicchio, endive, escarole or artichoke in that area.

Pot plant

Can be grown in a container provided they are wide enough.

Other uses of Lettuce 'Little Gem'

Edible

The leaves and stems are edible and are great eaten raw in salads.

Medicinal

Rich in vitamins A, B and C, minerals like Magnesium and Potassium and almost as much Calcium as milk!