Cos lettuce 'little gem' is one of the earliest varieties to mature, producing small compact plants which are packed with a crisp, sweet heart.
This RHS Award of Garden Merit cultivar grows well under cloches and also has excellent root aphid resistance making it a gardener's favourite.
Sowing months: March – August
Harvest months: June - October
Direct sow lettuce seeds outdoors from March to August into well prepared, fertile, moist soil in sun or semi shade. Sow seeds thinly at a depth of 1cm (1/2") in drills 30cm (12") apart in soil which has been raked to a fine tilth.
When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings to 23cm (9") apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects.
Make regular sowings for a constant supply.
Position: sun or semi shade
Height: up to 20cm (7.9in)
Spread: up to 20cm (7.9in)
Hardiness & longevity: half-hardy annual
Ideal for: patio, kitchen garden, greenhouse
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