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Product Description:

35‒50 days. This unusual mini butterhead lettuce produces heads about the size of a baseball, ideal for individual salads. Dark green, somewhat fleshy outer leaves wrap around a creamy yellow interior.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Lois D.
Best Lettuce Ever!

The Tom Thumb is the most perfect lettuce I've ever had in the garden. It grows so fast, is the perfect size for a nice salad for two, and is the best tasting lettuce I've ever grown. I can't express how much I love this lettuce. Will never bother to grow any other type.

Perfect Size For One or Two

Yes, they really do grow to a harvestable size rapidly. With a little more patience you can soon harvest a larger head with no loss of flavor, texture or quality. This will now be my go-to head of lettuce every Summer. Loved it!

Will grow again!

This lettuce is delicious, tender but crispy, keeps well in the fridge after harvesting, and survived our record-breaking 100+ stretch of weather without bolting or wilting (as long as we kept it well watered). We've gone to waist high raised containers and this lettuce was perfect! 1 head makes a great lunch salad for 1 person. Now that it's cooled off a bit am planting again.


One of the fastest growing and best tasting little lettuces in my home garden. I can get two crops in the time it takes me to grow a normal head of lettuce. They have also worked very well for me in the summer, forming petite little heads (Pacific NW) without bolting.

The only issue I had with these were that the seeds only remained viable for the first and second year, unlike many other varieties that have germinated through the 4th and 5th season.

Soil Temp for Germ 40–80°F
Seed Depth ⅛"
Seed Spacing 1"
Days to Emergence 2–15
Thin Plants to 10–16"
Row Spacing 16–18"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 800
Seed Life 3 years

Lactuca sativa

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Lettuce performs best in cool weather, 60-70°F, and grows in a wide range of soil types
• Plant as early as soil can be worked
• For extended harvest, plant every 2-3 weeks and choose heat-tolerant varieties for summer
• Lettuce seed can be sown every month from February—October
• A cold frame and cold-hardy varieties can stretch the spring and fall growing season into the winter months
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• 1 gram of seed will sow 30 row feet
• Consistent, even watering is critical for best results

Direct Sowing
• Use row cover to improve germination and prevent soil crusting
• As soon as 2-3 true leaves have formed, thin loose-leaf types to 10-14 inches apart; icebergs, butterheads, and romaines to 12-16 inches apart

• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date

Insects & Diseases
• Common pests: Aphids and slugs
• Pest control: Strong spray of water for aphids or applications of Pyrethrin or Neem oil, baits, traps, or Cabbage Collars for slugs

Harvest & Storage
• While picking individual leaves helps extend the season somewhat, all eventually become bitter as they begin to bolt

What is pelleted seed?
Seed that has been coated with a clay-based material to form a larger, round shape. This makes planting by hand or mechanical seeder easier and allows for more controlled sowing of small seeds such as carrots or lettuce. All pelleted seed has a National Organic Program (NOP) approved coating.
For best results, store pelleted seed in an air-tight container and use within one season.

What is seed tape?
Seed tapes are perfectly straight rows of precisely spaced crops. No more having to thin seedlings! This biodegradable tape will plant a row 5 meters (16 feet, 5 inches) long. Simply lay it in a furrow and cover with a light layer of sifted compost or soil, water and wait. Save yourself a heap of planting time with these popular vegetable and herb staples.

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
BR | Bottom Rot
DM* | Downy Mildew
F* | Fusarium Wilt
LD | Lettuce Drop
LMV* | Lettuce Mosaic Virus
Nr* | Lettuce Aphid
PM | Powdery Mildew
Rs | Corky Root
TBSV | Tomato Bushy Stunt Virus (Lettuce Dieback Complex)
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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