How to Grow Black Seeded Simpson Leaf Lettuce

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About Black Seeded Simpson

This lettuce is one of the most popular loose-leaf lettuces in home gardens. Why!?! Simply because these fast-growing greens have a light, sweet taste. The leaves are a light lime-green color and are slightly curled. Plant some today, and you can be harvesting this tasty lettuce in less than six weeks. Also, use this article on “how to grow black seeded simpson” as your guide.

Black Seeded Simpson is a very thin lettuce. It wilts easily.  As a result, harvest it in the morning when temperatures are the lowest. Avoid harvesting in direct sunlight. Once the leaves are cut bring them indoors quickly.

Succession planting helps to spread out the harvest. 

Use this tasty green in salads and on sandwiches. You can use them in any recipe that calls for lettuce greens. 

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. Then, cover the seeds with a very fine layer of loose soil or seed-starting mixture. Water lightly after planting.

Tip: Some people sprinkle the seeds on top of fine soil, and just water them in.

Black Seeded Simpson is not a candidate for transplanting. Sow seeds directly in your garden. Also, 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.

All lettuce varieties grow best in cool weather. And the plants like 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 plants will grow better, and it makes harvesting easier.

Plant successive crops for a constant supply of lettuce. Plant small sections in your garden every couple of weeks.

Days to Harvest: Here’s good news- – your Black Seeded Simpson lettuce is ready to harvest in as little as 45 days or less.

Also, See:

Plant Problems

Soil Temperatures – germination temperature by vegetable

Ideal Soil pH – by vegetable plant

Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce - Insects and Pests

Bunnies like all kinds of lettuce greens. Got bunnies!? Then, a rabbit fence is in your future.

Despite a short, fast growth cycle, a variety of insects like this 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.

Plant Disease

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.

Harvesting Lettuce

Days to harvest: 45

Pick lettuce leaves as soon as it is big enough to use. We recommend harvesting with a clean, sharp scissors. Further, the plant will re-grow, too. But, after a while, it’s good to have a vigorous new patch to harvest from.

Plant Hardiness

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.

The plants should survive a light frost, too.

Lettuce and Salad Recipes

As noted above, Black Seeded Simpson can be used in other lettuce recipes.

Recipes: May we suggest:

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