Ed Hume Seeds

Organic Lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson

LETTUCE Black Seeded Simpson


An old heirloom variety of leaf lettuce that is still a favorite today. Its large leaves are lightly crumpled, light green in color with a creamy white interior. It is slow to bolt and tolerant of some heat as well as light frost. Approximately 45 to 60 days to maturity.

Special Directions for Short Season Climates

SOWING: Start early indoors or seed directly outdoors from early to mid spring and again in late summer to early fall. Cover with 1/8 inch light soil. 

THINNING: Once plants are established thin to 10 to 12 inches apart.

TRANSPLANTING: Seedlings started indoors can be planted outside after danger of severe frost has passed.

SPACING: Leave 18 inches between rows. For bedding in small areas space 10 to 12 inches apart in all directions.

GERMINATION: Approximately one week to ten days. Start seeds in cool 55 to 60 degree temperatures.

Ed's Special Advice

Keep soil moderately moist. Well fertilized soil produces quickly grown, crisp  leaf lettuce. Sow seed every two weeks March to August for continued harvesting. Provide some shade and extra water for summer crops. Harvest Q outer leaves as needed or cut entire plant.

Organic Certification by Washington State Department of Agriculture

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