Product DescriptionA must-have for every children's garden. The tiny, seven-inch, light green lettuce heads are just the right size for little hands to harvest. In the 17th and 18th centuries, this lettuce was packed in salt brine to preserve it for eating throughout the winter.
Lettuce was domesticated from a weedy species of wild lettuce that produced lettuce leaves on the top of a tall stem. The first written accounts describing lettuce are from Herodotus, who wrote that lettuce appeared on the royal tables in Persia in 550 BC. The Greeks, including Hippocrates, ascribed medicinal properties to lettuce, and the Romans wrote extensively about it including Pliny who described nine varieties grown in Roman agriculture.
Lettuce was among the first vegetables brought from Europe to the New World. In 1494, its presence on Isabela Island is mentioned in the writings of Peter Martyr. This suggests that Columbus may have brought the vegetable on his second voyage. In the early years of the United States, an assortment of lettuces were grown. In the 1848 Landreth seed catalog, 11 different lettuce types were offered.
When planting Tennis Ball Lettuce Vegetable Seeds, lettuce requires cool weather and fertile, well-drained garden soil. Hot weather causes most lettuce to immediately produce a seed spike known as bolting. Lettuce is best direct seeded in succession plantings, starting 2-3 weeks before the last frost date. Seeds should be planted ½ inch deep in rows 12-18 inches apart and thinned to 8-12 inches apart.
FeaturesPacket of plant seeds
Tiny 7" heads,
Require cool weather
Direct sow in successive plantings starting 2-3 weeks before last frost
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