Lettuce 'Little Gem' Seeds | Lactuca Sativa | By Mr Fothergills

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Lettuce 'Little Gem' Seeds | Lactuca Sativa | By Mr Fothergills
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Lettuce 'Little Gem' Seeds | Lactuca Sativa | By Mr Fothergills

Lettuce "Little Gem" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's

Our lactuca sativa Lettuce "Little Gem" seeds produce compact lettuces with a sweet, crisp heart. Originally known as the "Sugar Cos", this much-loved lettuce is the most widely grown original which has won the Royal Horticultural Award of Garden Merit. It has excellent resistance to root aphid, making it a firm favourite with gardeners as well as consumers.

Variety Information

No. Seeds Per Pack 1,250
Sow Indoors March - July
Sow Outdoors March - July
Location Full Sun, Partial Shade
Harvest Time May - October
Hardiness Half-Hardy Annual


Salad Favourite
Great Taste
Root Aphid Resistant
Optional Extras
  • 5 Pack Seedling Planter Tray 24 Cells
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • 200 Litres - The Chamberlain Wooden Raised Grow Bed by Lacewing™ - 100cm² (H20cm)
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  • Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Giant Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Slug Barrier Circles
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Lettuces are easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: this species is half-hardy and must be protected from frost.
  • Planting In Pots: suitable for growing in containers 15cm (6in) deep or larger.
  • Position: place in a sunny position or in light shade.
  • Soil Types: sow in fertile, moisture-retentive soil.

Germination Requirements: sow in a flower bed or container into well-prepared soil and water.

Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow seeds 1cm (1/2in) allowing 1-2cm (1/2-1in) between seeds.

Planting Distance (Ground): sow seeds 1cm (1/2in) deep with 23cm (9in) between plants.

Soil Preparation: remove weeds and large stones and rake to a fine tilth.

Thinning: thin when the seedlings have sprouted their first pair of leaves.

Pest Control: cover with netting or fleece to protect against birds and insects.

Watering Requirements: water regularly, particularly during dry conditions.

For a more detailed guide please read our blog below.

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Seeds Jargon

  • F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
  • Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
  • Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.
Hybrids vs Open Pollinated

As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.

Annual, Biennial and Perennial

Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.

Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender

Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.

We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.

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