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PlantFiles: Lettuce, Butterhead Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'Tom Thumb'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lactuca (lak-TOO-kuh) (Info)
Species: sativa (sa-TEE-vuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tom Thumb

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sketchkat06 On May 27, 2010, sketchkat06 from Lawndale, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

It definitely grows in southern California, but best over the winter months. I didn't have the best of luck with it past the first month or so of spring. Very sensitive to temps over 70 degrees.

Positive jenhillphoto On Mar 10, 2008, jenhillphoto from Danbury, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

We enjoyed this lettuce very much. The miniature heads are cute and would make a nice presentation as individual salad servings. Although we used it as cut and come again lettuce. It kept producing all summer.

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 11, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 46 day miniature butterhead lettuce. Dates to the 19th century.

Neutral smiln32 On Oct 28, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a miniature variety. The soil should be well drained and fertile to force fast growth. Raised beds are beneficial for early spring sowings. This variety is also great for fall plantings.

Positive lupinelover On Sep 3, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Delicious. Each head can be harvested individually for a salad, or just a few leaves at a time for continual harvest for up to 3 months. It can be successfully overwintered if mulched or lightly covered, and uncovered to take advantage of warmer winter days to start growth for very early spring salads.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lawndale, California
Menifee, California
Tulsa, Oklahoma

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