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Heirloom Black Seeded Simpson Leaf Lettuce Seeds | Grow  Black Seeded Simpson Leaf Lettuce

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Product Code: SIMPSON

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Black Seeded Simpson has been a popular home garden variety for generations. It is an early producer that has adapted and tolerant to heat, drought and frost!

This heirloom dates back to 1850! Average: 50 days

Detailed planting instructions:

Direct seed or transplant in early spring, as soon as you can work the soil. To get an early start, prepare beds the previous fall by working in manure or compost and raking smooth to leave a fine seedbed.

Direct-seeding: Sow seed 1/8 inch deep, 1 inch apart in rows 12 to 18 inches apart. When plants have two or three true leaves, thin to 12-inch spacings for crisphead varieties, 6 to 10 inches for other types. You can also lightly broadcast seed (particularly of looseleaf varieties) in a patch instead of a row.

Transplants: Sow in 1-inch cells 3 to 4 weeks before transplanting outside. Harden seedlings by reducing water and temperature for 3 days before transplanting. Hardened plants should survive 20 F. Space crisphead transplants 12 inches apart in rows 18 inches apart. Space other varieties 6 to 10 inches apart in rows 12 to 18 inches apart.

Seeds need light to germinate, so do not plant too deep.

Make succession plantings every week or two. Grow several varieties with different maturity dates for a continuous supply.

Lettuce has a shallow root system. Keep soil moist to keep plants growing continuously. Mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds (unless slugs are a problem).

Moisture stress and high temperatures, particularly at night, encourage bolting. As the season progresses, plant more bolt-resistant varieties. Locate plants where they will be partially shaded by taller nearby plants, latticework or other screen.

Use row covers to protect very early plantings from cold, to protect young plants from insects, and (supported by hoops) to shade crops when warm weather arrives.

For fall crops, time maturity around time of first expected frost. Mature plants aren’t as tolerant of freezing as seedlings.


Harvesting lettuce is relatively simple: Leaf lettuce can be cut as soon as it is large enough to use, usually in 50 to 60 days from planting. Cutting every other plant at the ground will give remaining plants more space for growth.
Romaine and Butterhead lettuce can be harvested in about 60 to 70 days from planting.

Crisphead varieties take longer and should be harvested as soon as a head develops but before outer leaves turn brown. If seed stalks appear, pick the lettuce immediately and store in the refrigerator to prevent bitterness. To store lettuce first wash it well by immersing in water and swishing it around. Place it in a colander and rinse then drip dry. When it is dry place it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or wrap in paper towels and place in a bowl in the refrigerator. It keeps best at 32 degrees with 96% humidity. Avoid storing lettuce with apples, pears or bananas as they release a natural ripening agent that will cause brown spots and the leaves will decay quickly.


Rubbing separates the plumes and chaff from the seeds. When completely dry, shake the flower stems in the bag. Rub the seed heads between your hands to release more seeds. Put the seed through a fine mesh sieve that allows the seeds through but retains the chaff and plumes; this will give relatively clean seed. Winnowing is difficult because seeds and chaff are about the same size and weight. For extra cleaning use reverse screening, with a smaller mesh that retains the seed but lets small pieces or chaff and plume through. The dust produced during cleaning causes irritation to the lungs and eyes. If cleaning large amounts use a mask and goggles or clean outdoors.
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
  • Nutritional value: A low calorie source of Calcium, Iron and Vitamins A, C, B1, B2 and Niacin

Average Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 29 Write a product review.

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Great germination rates September 8, 2016
Reviewer: Jocelyn James from Ocala, FL United States  
Seeds are always fresh and have a high germination rate. Even the second year. You cant beat the price and they come in easy resealable foil packets. This is my second time ordering seed from MPS and both times I have been impressed with them.

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Black Seeded Simpson 1g, 900 seeds August 9, 2016
Reviewer: philip elliott from riverdale, GA United States  
Got these because a friend my wife some and she love it. Got these at same time I got Grand Rapids, fast shipping and good germination. I also like the packaging. thank you MPS.  Philip in Atlanta Ga.

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Good June 1, 2016
Reviewer: Lisa Anderson from Fargo, ND United States  
Thank you.

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Black Seeded Simpson Leaf Lettuce November 22, 2015
Reviewer: Debra from SE Missouri  
Best seed and company ever!!!

This lettuce germinated perfectly in both my spring and fall gardens this year!  We love salads and My Patriot Supply is our new go to supplier for all of our seed.  :)

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planted November 20, 2015
Reviewer: donnie anderson from versailles, MO United States  
same as above  great seeds

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