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Lettuce Tom Thumb in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Lactuca sativa 'Tom Thumb'

 

Lettuce 'Tom Thumb'

Lettuce is an annual vegetable for use as a salad vegetable. There are three main types: butterhead, crisphead and Cos, the first being smaller having soft leaves, the second crisp leaves and larger, the latter being conical, semi crisp, and tallish. Lettuce 'Tom Thumb' is a quick maturing butterhead lettuce, the leaves are soft and light no crispiness with a sweetish flavour. They are a small variety as the name suggests, make sowings each week to give a continuous supply one lettuce is sufficient for two or three people.

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plant Features
  • Lettuce Tom Thumb likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Lettuce Tom Thumb likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Lettuce Tom Thumb is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Lettuce Tom Thumb likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Lettuce 'Tom Thumb'

Latin name

Lactuca sativa 'Tom Thumb'

type

Vegetable

family

Asteraceae

ph

5.8 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Lettuce Tom Thumb likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Lettuce Tom Thumb is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Lettuce Tom Thumb likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Lettuce Tom Thumb likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Lettuce Tom Thumb is 0.10meters x 0.10meters 0.10 M 0.10 M

Lactuca sativa 'Tom Thumb'

Lettuce is an annual vegetable for use as a salad vegetable. There are three main types: butterhead, crisphead and Cos, the first being smaller having soft leaves, the second crisp leaves and larger, the latter being conical, semi crisp, and tallish. Lettuce 'Tom Thumb' is a quick maturing butterhead lettuce, the leaves are soft and light no crispiness with a sweetish flavour. They are a small variety as the name suggests, make sowings each week to give a continuous supply one lettuce is sufficient for two or three people.


Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Summer

Sow lettuce seeds in damp compost in greenhouse, and keep the compost moist, but not waterlogged. Sow in succession - about every two weeks - to get a continuous crop

 

Planting outdoors

From Mid Spring TO Mid Summer

Plant container grown plants out when risk of frost has passed, in rich moisture retentive soil. Watch out for slugs and snails - treat with pellets, or barriers (egg-shells, saw-dust, or copper tape) to avoid damage to the plants

 
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