Black Seeded Simpson

black seeded simpson.png
black seeded simpson.png

Black Seeded Simpson


There are many fans of this popular heirloom lettuce that forms loose clustered ruffled light green leaves because it is so easy to grow and produces leafy greens so quickly.  Sow it early and often and harvest it young for a lettuce that is tender and sweet.  Mid summer heat is not a friend of this lettuce and an additional drawback is it’s tendency to bolt and that will make any lettuce bitter.  We do not include it in our mix, so if you are a fan of this lettuce or you have a flock of chickens that you want to reward in the summer…here it is.
40 days      

Add To Cart


Packet sows 20 ft row (500 seed)

Lettuce can be seeded indoors a few weeks before setting in the garden but we prefer to sow the seed directly into the garden 2-3 weeks prior to the last frost date.  Thinly scatter the seed 4-6 per inch and barely cover the seed.  When the seeds are 2 inches tall carefully transplant each seedling to stand 6-8 inches apart.  Lettuce likes a fertile soil and ample moisture.

Lettuce does well in a cooler environment.  Summer lettuce is probably best grown in semi shade with ample soil moisture.  Lettuce easily bolts into seed and it is wise to plant succession crops of lettuce so that your are always ready for a salad.  If lettuce is bitter (as it sometimes becomes in summer) plunge into boiling water for a minute and then pan fry the greens in a bit of olive oil.  An August sowing produces a fall crop.

The lettuce bolts allow the seed to form white puffs like dandelion seed does.  When there are a lot of seed puffs pull the plant and allow it to become throughly dry.  The normally resinous seed will easily fall onto the tarp they dry on. and you can easily shake the remaining seed free.