Lettuce, 'Tennis Ball'
*Ark of Taste Heirloom*
The “Little Gem” of the butterheads, these compact 7” plants produce a miniature head about 4” across. Though this particular variety only dates back to the 1850s, during the 17th and 18th centuries these types of lettuces were sometimes pickled in salt brine for storage. Simply cut in half and drizzled with salad dressing they make a unique and beautiful side salad.
50 days. UO
Packet: 1g (~800 seeds)
Product Code: LET-TB-pkt
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Sow indoors 4 weeks before your last frost.
Transplant out 3-4 week old plants.
Direct seed after last frost.
Sow every 3 weeks for constant lettuce.
Note: Seeds will become dormant if exposed to high temperatures. Lettuce grows best in cooler weather.
8-10" in rows 15" apart.
2-10 days @ soil temp 68F and lower.
Full sun to part shade
Medium. Prefers well-drained, and evenly moist soil and is sensitive to low pH.
Uneven watering can result in tip burn, the browning of the leaf margins, which is the result of an inability of the plant to move calcium to the growing edge fast enough to meet its growth needs. Consistent, evenly moist soil or calcium amendments can be beneficial if this seems to be a problem.
Hot weather can cause premature bolting. Generally, when the plants begin to stretch upwards (to flower), the leaves become bitter and the eating quality poor.