Black Seeded Simpson Leaf Lettuce seeds! Perfect for microgreens or salad from the garden
Black Seeded Simpson lettuce is one of the most popular loose leaf lettuces in home gardens. Why!?! Simply because it is fast growing, and has a light, sweet taste. Plant some today, and you can be harvesting this tasty lettuce in less than six weeks.
How to Grow Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce:
These lettuce seeds are very fine. You can plant these seeds in a row, or broadcast them over an area. When planting in rows, thin to 6" apart, in rows 12-18" apart. Cover the seeds with a very fine layer of loose soil or starting mixture. Water lightly after planting.
Tip: Some people sprinkle the seeds on top of a fine soil, and just water them in.
Black Seeded Simpson is not a candidate for transplanting. Sow seeds directly in your garden. They also grow well in an outdoor container on your patio or deck. When it comes time to harvest, just step outside your door and snip as many leaves as you need.
Black Seeded Simpson lettuce likes cool weather and lots of moisture. Grow lettuce plants in full sun, in rich, well drained soil. Liquid fertilizer works well. Weed once or twice early n their growth cycle. Without competing with weeds, the the plants will grow better, and it makes harvesting easier.
Plant successive crops for a constant supply Black Seeded Simpson lettuce. Plant small sections in your garden every couple of weeks.
Days to harvest: 45
Pick Black Seeded Simpson lettuce as soon as it is big enough to use. We recommend harvesting with a clean, sharp scissors. The plant will re-grow. But, after a while, it's good to have a vigorous new patch to harvest from.
Microgreens growing instructions: The basics:
Cover the bottom of the container with an inch or two of moistened potting soil/mix or coir. Flatten and level it with your hand or a small piece of cardboard, taking care not to over-compress the soil. Scatter seeds evenly on top of the soil. Press gently into the soil using your hand or the cardboard. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Dampen the surface with a mister. If you prefer, you can skip this step and instead cover the container with a clear lid or plastic wrap until the seeds are sprouted. While waiting for sprouts to appear, usually within three to seven days, use the mister once or twice daily to keep the soil moist but not wet. Once seeds have sprouted, remove the cover (if you've used one) and continue to mist once or twice a day. Microgreens need about four hours daily of direct sunlight to thrive (south facing window). In winter months, some may need even more. Leggy, pale greens are a sign of not enough sunlight. Light needs can also be satisfied with a grow light that has a low heat output — you don't want to scorch your delicate greens. Microgreens will be ready to harvest about two to three weeks after planting. Look for the first set of "true leaves" as a sign of readiness. Then grab your scissors and snip the greens just above the soil line. To serve, wash the microgreens with water and dry with paper towels or a salad spinner. Harvest and serve them immediately for the freshest flavor, and add to soups, salads, sandwiches or main dishes. Store remaining cut microgreens in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.
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