How to Grow Black Seeded Simpson Leaf Lettuce
Black Seeded Simpson lettuce is one of the most popular loose leaf lettuces
in home gardens. Why!?! Simply because it is fast growing, and has a light,
sweet taste. Plant some today, and you can be harvesting this tasty lettuce
in less than six weeks.
Days to Maturity:
Here's good news- - your Black Seeded Simpson lettuce is ready to harvest
in as little as 45 days or less.
How to Grow Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce:
These lettuce seeds are very fine. You can plant these seeds in a row, or
broadcast them over an area. When planting in rows, thin to 6" apart, in
rows 12-18" apart. Cover the seeds with a very fine layer of loose soil or
starting mixture. Water lightly after planting.
Tip: Some people sprinkle the seeds on top of a fine soil, and just
water them in.
Black Seeded Simpson is not a candidate for transplanting. Sow seeds directly
in your garden. They also grow well in an outdoor container on your patio
or deck. When it comes time to harvest, just step outside your door and snip
as many leaves as you need.
Black Seeded Simpson lettuce likes cool weather and lots of moisture. Grow
lettuce plants in full sun, in rich, well drained soil. Liquid fertilizer
works well. Weed once or twice early n their growth cycle. Without competing
with weeds, the the plants will grow better, and it makes harvesting easier.
Plant successive crops for a constant supply Black Seeded Simpson lettuce.
Plant small sections in your garden every couple of weeks.
Days to harvest: 45
Pick Black Seeded Simpson lettuce as soon as it is big enough to use. We
recommend harvesting with a clean, sharp scissors. The plant will re-grow.
But, after a while, it's good to have a vigorous new patch to harvest from.
Insects and Pests:
Bunnies like all kinds of lettuce. Got bunnies!? Then, a rabbit fence is
in your future.
Despite a short, fast growth cycle, a variety of insects like Black Seeded
Simpson lettuce. We recommend you avoid any insecticides on leaf lettuces.
Slugs are a real problem for all types of lettuces. There are a variety of
control methods. More on Slugs and snails.
Black Seeded Simpson lettuce grows quickly, and has a short life span. Disease
problems are few, except in wet weather. In hot weather, they can get bitter,
and they can rot.
Like other lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson lettuce thrives in cooler weather,
with moderate moisture. It is not fond of mid-summer heat, or dry conditions.
Many gardeners will plant a crop for spring and early summer harvest, leaving
the mid summer months to the tomatoes and the corn. Then, as the late summer
heat begins to wane, they plant a new lettuce crop for a fall harvest.
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