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Lettuces, Tom Thumb (Green Butterhead) (Field)

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Miniature butterhead, tennis ball sized, creamy-yellow center, small compact plants used whole for salads, medium-green slightly crumpled leaves, for home gardens and containers, grows well in small pots indoors or out, a miniature Limestone Bibb, oldest American lettuce still growing, dating back to 1830. Approx. 50-70 days.

Cultural data: field planting
Growing season: cool season
Days to maturity: determined by variety average 50 days
Germination relative to soil temperature: optimum 40-75ºF.
Cultural information: can be sown directly into the ground as soon as soil can be worked, or indoors and then transplant.
Plant in rows 12"-18" apart, 1" between seeds.
Seed count: average 400,000 seeds/lb.
Projected seed usage: direct seed ¼ - ½ oz. per 100 ft. row, 1 pound per acre.
Diseases and pests: mildew problems can be avoided by proper spacing and variety selection.
Harvesting: cut for full heads or for individual leaves.