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40 days. After more than 150 years, Black Seeded Simpson remains one of the most tender and delicately flavored leaf lettuces ever bred. Full sized, frilly leaves can be picked in just over a month, and baby greens can be harvested in three weeks! Withstands hot, dry conditions and light frosts better than other varieties.
This packet plants eight 10 foot rows.
When to sow outside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost, and successive sowings thereafter every 3 weeks until 2 weeks before the first fall frost. USDA zone 8 or warmer: also sow in fall for winter harvest.
When to start inside: 6 to 8 weeks before last frost and in summer when soil temperatures are too warm outside to germinate lettuce seed
Harvesting: Harvest as soon as possible after head forms; cut off at 2" above ground level; new leaves will grow from the center. Individual leaves can also be picked before a head forms for a continual supply. The earlier the harvest, the more tender the crop.