Lettuce 'Black Seeded Simpson'

Lettuce 'Black Seeded Simpson' is my favourite large, crunchy and tasty hearting lettuce that has done exceptionally well in our lettuce trials several years running. More
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Lettuce 'Black Seeded Simpson' is my favourite large, crunchy and tasty hearting lettuce that has done exceptionally well in our trials several years running.

You can grow 'Black Seeded Simpson' and harvest as baby leaf, or leave it to make huge and crunchy hearts. It is reliably hardy with us, surviving even outside in the winter.

Genus Lactuca sativa
Variety Black Seeded Simpson
Group Heirloom
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Lettuce
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Sandy, Fertile, Alkaline, Clay, Neutral
Site Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained, Moist but Well-drained
Spacing 20-25cm (8-10in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Direct sow in small batches every 4-6 weeks from February-early September.
Care Tips The plants need plenty of water, but not too much sun. Hot weather inhibits germination. Water the drill before sowing to decrease temperatures if you are sowing in warmer months and sow in the evening. Grow under protection in the winter (September - March).
Storing This keeps well in the fridge.
Harvesting 6-8 weeks from sowing, giving leaves for about 3 months. Harvest just outer leaves so plant can continue to grow. Successional sowing should provide leaves nearly all year. Keep picking regularly to prevent flowers running to seed.
Cooking Notes This makes a fantastic salad base.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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