Simpson Elite Lettuce
Lactuca sativa var. crispa 'Simpson Elite'
Simpson Elite Lettuce
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Height: 10 inches
Spacing: 8 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Leaf Lettuce
A lovely addition to any container or garden; slow to bolt, this selection features large, loosely packed crumpled leaves; bright green heads with white interiors are sweet and delicious; great for salads and garnish; drought resistant
Simpson Elite Lettuce is an annual vegetable plant that is typically grown for its edible qualities. The crinkled oval lime green leaves are usually harvested from mid spring to early fall. The leaves have a mild taste and a soft texture.
The leaves are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
- Eating When Cooked/Prepared
Planting & Growing
Simpson Elite Lettuce will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop. Because of its relatively short time to maturity, it lends itself to a series of successive plantings each staggered by a week or two; this will prolong the effective harvest period.
This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average conditions that are neither too wet nor too dry, and is very intolerant of standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Simpson Elite Lettuce is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing the canvas against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.