Item Details. Small rosettes of light green leaves measure only 7″ in diameter and form loose tender heads. Grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. According to Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by SSE member William Woys Weaver, tennis ball lettuces were often pickled in salt brine during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Moreover, how do you grow tennis balls with lettuce?
Direct sow seeds in early spring, as soon as the ground can be worked, in rich, well-prepared soil. Tennis Ball Lettuce is also suitable for fall crops that may be planted in late summer. Approximately 100-150 seeds per packet.
Then, is lettuce in the sunflower family?
Lactuca sativa is a member of the Lactuca (lettuce) genus and the Asteraceae (sunflower or aster) family.
What is a ball of lettuce called?
Head lettuce, also known as iceberg lettuce, is a dense rosette of leaves that forms a tight ball about the size of a human head.
Developed by Cornell University, this heat-tolerant, Bibb-type lettuce has quickly become a favorite since earning All America status in 1963. Its rich green leaves, sometimes tinged with red, form a beautiful rosette in the garden that holds well under stress and has good bolt resistance.
Little Gem lettuce is a small, sweet romaine-type variety. Romaine hearts can be used in its place. Recipe courtesy of Clare Vivier.
Winter lettuces can be grown on throughout the winter and further sowing can start again in February, under cover. If you have a poly tunnel, or greenhouse and are in a sheltered spot, you can sow winter lettuces continuously taking advantage of mild spells over the winter.
Harvest: Cut whole heads, full sized or baby at base or snipe off individual leaves. Tips: Lettuce needs fertile soil for optimum growth.
Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Thin out to 15cm (6″) apart. Water well until plants are established.