Lactuca sativa 'Little Gem'


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Plant type



Half hardy

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Plant details

Cos or romaine lettuce grow well in humus-rich, moist soil and normally take longer to mature than other lettuce types. 'Little Gem' is a quick-maturing variety which forms compact heads with sweet, firm hearts. It is a good variety to grow in small gardens. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Lactuca

Species: sativa

Cultivar: Little Gem

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Light green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to plant seeds: February to July

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