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PlantFiles: Lettuce, Cos Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'Little Gem'

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

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Seed Type:

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
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
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
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive carminator1 On Apr 1, 2010, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this lettuce not only it is perfect size for an individual salad but it also has a wonderful flavor. Perfect to undersow this letttuce under taller maturing veggie plants since it does not take a lot of space.

Positive CurtisJones On Sep 8, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Also called Sucrine or Sugar Cos, Little Gem is an English heirloom lettuce that is considered to be a semi-cos type, but has the succulent sweetness of a butterhead. The glossy-leafed compact heads are a petite 6"-7" tall and 4" wide - a perfect size for an individual dinner salad. The tender blanced heart is ideal for any recipe that calls for "hearts of romaine". Pick leaves at any stage or wait for the mature heads in 68 days.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jun 10, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A loose heading semi-Romaine.

Neutral lupinelover On Jan 13, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A miniature crisphead lettuce, ready sooner than the standard 'Iceburg'. 65 days from seed.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Longmont, Colorado
Troy, New York

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