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Simpson Elite Leaf Lettuce

Simpson Elite Leaf Lettuce

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Simpson Elite

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58 days — 'Simpson Elite' was developed, a little over 100 years after the introduction of one of its popular parents, 'Black Seeded Simpson'. All of the positive traits were maintained, for example, its frilly, bright yellow green leaves, but modern market traits were added into this newer variety. These include an increase in uniformity and a greater resistance to bolting, making it more attractive to both market growers and home gardeners.

'Simpson Elite' was bred by Dr. William Waycott of Petoseed Company by stabilizing a cross between 'Black Seeded Simpson' and 'Slobolt' for nine generations from 1982 until 1994.[1,2] Each packet contains one gram.

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Planting Instructions: Lettuce and other greens thrive in cool spring and fall weather (50° F to 60° F). A few greens can handle summer heat, but most of them prefer the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. Most lettuce and greens can withstand occasional exposure to light frost but if very cold weather is coming, protect your plants with a frost cover.

Sowing: Prepare the seedbed outdoors using a hard tined rake, smoothening out the soil. Lightly sow and just barely cover the seeds with soil. Keep soil moist until germination is achieved. You can also start seeds indoors by sowing into seed starting trays using fresh new seed starting potting mix into clean seed starting trays. Just barely cover the seeds and keep well watered until they sprout. Harden off and transplant into the garden after about 3 weeks. Although the name or description of this variety refers to a modern company's name, the seed we are offering is in no way sourced from, "owned by" or connected with that company. The name is simply the historically accurate, common name for the variety giving credit to the seedsmen that originally released it.
Informational References:
  1. "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America – Lettuce (M-Z): Lists 1-27 Combined," Edited by Edward J. Ryder, James D. McCreight and Beiquan Mou, U.S. Agricultural Research Station, Salinas, California.
  2. "Application for Plant Variety Protection Certificate," Petoseed Company, Arroyo Grande, California, 4 Oct 1994.
  3. USDA GRIN Accession Number is PI 584330.
  4. USDA PVP Number is 9500008 (PVP is expired).