Tennis Ball Head Lettuce - Packet

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It might seem odd to pickle lettuce, (or to name it Tennis Ball), yet is documented to be a favorite in Thomas Jefferson’s garden. Grown specifically to make a salty condiment and preserve it during the cold month, yet we prefer to eat it fresh. This stunning green butter-head has robust flavor, and if you’d like to step back in time, give pickling a try. Lightly salt and squeeze out excess moisture, add a little fragrant olive oil, some freshly chopped dill and cucumber slices. Voila!
Plant Information
As noted by Thomas Jefferson who grew Tennis Ball head lettuce at Monticello, "it does not require so much care and attention" as other varieties. Indeed low-maintenance and easy to sow in the spring or fall, it can also be planted every few weeks for successive crops that last all season. The heads of Tennis Ball lettuce are on the more petite side (6-8 inches in diameter), yet larger than the variety known as Tom Thumb (4-6 inches). This makes them ideal for planting in a garden where space might be tight. Loose and filly with delicate, pale green leaves, their texture is crisp and smooth and their flavor sweet and buttery. And their size makes them pretty perfect when making a salad for two.
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Weight Of Seeds Per Packet
0.04 oz
Seeds Per Packet
approx. 1265 seeds per packet
Botanical Name
Lactuca sativa
How To Grow
Direct sow
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Planting Depth
1/8-1/4 inch
Seed Spacing
1-3 inches
Row Spacing
8-12 inches
Space After Thinning
5-10 inches
Days To Germinate
5-10 days
Days To Maturity
Growth Rate
Seed Life Cycle
Container Planting
Additional Information
Landreth's Original, Introduced in 1885
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