Lettuce Seeds

Lettuce is available year round in the shops, but none will equal the flavour and texture of those cut from the garden. Their botanical name Lactuca sativa is from the Latin word lac, meaning ‘milk’; referring to its milky sap. There are many different types of lettuce, from the unjustly maligned ‘icebergs’ through to cos, romaines and butterheads, to loose-leaf types.

How to Sow and Grow Lettuces
Lettuces do best in an open position on light, fertile moisture-retentive soil. They do not prosper on poor soil, which dries out in the summer. Rotate your lettuce crop to avoid a build-up of fungal diseases in the soil. The application of a general purpose fertiliser can be given to the soil about 10 days before sowing or planting.

Lettuce seeds can be sown either in trays of compost for planting out later, or direct in the garden. They do not transplant well in warm weather, so later sowings are best sown directly.

For direct sowings, sow outdoors thinly where they are to crop, 1.5cm(1/2in) deep, directly into finely prepared soil which has already been watered. Allow 25cm(10in) between rows. Early sowings may benefit from cloche protection. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Thin out to 15cm(6in) apart. Water well unit plants are established. Regular sowings made every two to three weeks will ensure a continuous supply.

Lettuce is available year round in the shops, but none will equal the flavour and texture of those cut from the garden. Their botanical name Lactuca sativa is from the Latin word lac, meaning ‘milk’; referring to its milky sap. There are many different types of lettuce, from the unjustly maligned ‘icebergs’ through to cos, romaines and butterheads, to loose-leaf types.

How to Sow and Grow Lettuces
Lettuces do best in an open position on light, fertile moisture-retentive soil. They do not prosper on poor soil, which dries out in the summer. Rotate your lettuce crop to avoid a build-up of fungal diseases in the soil. The application of a general purpose fertiliser can be given to the soil about 10 days before sowing or planting.

Lettuce seeds can be sown either in trays of compost for planting out later, or direct in the garden. They do not transplant well in warm weather, so later sowings are best sown directly.

For direct sowings, sow outdoors thinly where they are to crop, 1.5cm(1/2in) deep, directly into finely prepared soil which has already been watered. Allow 25cm(10in) between rows. Early sowings may benefit from cloche protection. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Thin out to 15cm(6in) apart. Water well unit plants are established. Regular sowings made every two to three weeks will ensure a continuous supply.

21 products

Renowned, large sweet 'cos'
1000 Seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 16222
Crisp, with beautiful leaves
1000 Seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 19228
Unusual red tinted Iceberg variety.
750 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 27359
Long sowing and harvest season.
500 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 27357
British bred, crisp Cos lettuce.
1250 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 27356
Sorry, now sold out.
Favourite, crisp 'iceberg' type
1250 Seeds
£1.45
Item Code: 15456
High resistance to disease, bolting and tipburn.
200 Seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 27332
Large, crisp 'iceberg' heads
750 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 11813
Long lasting variety
750 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 10355
1250 Seeds
£1.85
Item Code: 14032
(Cos/Romaine Types)
1250 Seeds
£1.85
Item Code: 10546
Quick, easy and simple
6m of seed tape
£3.10
Item Code: 13553
Crisp and crunchy 'iceberg'
750 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 13407
Wide range of varieties
1000 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 11022
Delicious 'butterhead' type!
1000 Seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 26178
(Cos type)
1250 Seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 14886
Favourite 'butterhead'
1250 Seeds
£1.45
Item Code: 16854
Mildew resistant
250 Seeds
£2.75
Item Code: 11490
250 Seeds
£2.25
Item Code: 29174
Good heat tolerance
300 Seeds
£2.25
Item Code: 14553
(Cos/Romaine Type)
A uniform, red 'little gem'
200 Seeds
£2.25
Item Code: 20492