2000 Parris Island Cos Heirloom Romaine Lettuce Seeds

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Paris Island Romaine Lettuce packs a larger amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber than other popular types of lettuce. The fiber, vitamin C, and beta-carotene content makes romaine an especially good vegetable for heart health. Romaine is also an excellent source of lutein, a yellow-colored phytonutrient found to be important to eye health. Heirloom. Developed at a Clemson University experiment station in 1951, this lettuce earns a spot with gardeners as the classic romaine. Its compact, dark green rosette of tall, upright leaves is slightly curly with white hearts and has a crisp, sweet flavor.

Slow to bolt. Grows best in full sun, but will tolerate partial shade and even appreciates it in spring in hot climates.


Lettuce is a cool-season crop that grows well in the spring and in the fall in most regions. Lettuce seedlings will even tolerate a light frost. Temperatures between 45 F and 65 F are ideal. Garden lettuce is far superior, in both taste and vitamin A content, to supermarket brands. Because lettuce grows quickly, the best approach is to plant a small amount at a time, staggering your plantings.


Before you plant your lettuce seeds, make sure the soil is prepared. It should be loose and drain well so it’s moist without staying soggy. To keep the soil fertile, feed it with organic matter about one week before you seed or transplant. Since the seed is so small, a well-tilled seedbed is essential. Large clods will reduce germination.

Direct sowing is recommended as soon as the ground can be worked. Plant seeds ½ inch deep. Snow won’t hurt them, but a desiccating cold wind will.

If you want an earliest crop, however, you may start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last spring frost date for an earlier crop. Harden off seedlings for about one week, and transplant outside between 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after last spring frost.

Seed may be sown in single rows or broadcast for wide row planting. When broadcasting, you’ll need to “thin” for the proper spacing.

Leaf lettuce: Plant 4 inches apart.
Cos and loose-headed types: Plant 8 inches apart.
Firm-headed types: Plant 16 inches apart.

Your rows of plants should be 12 to 15 inches across.

Cover the seeds with ¼ to ½ inch of soil.

Water thoroughly at time of transplant.

Consider planting rows of chives or garlic between your lettuce to control aphids. They act as “barrier plants” for the lettuce.

All of our seeds are fresh every year and are tested every 2 months for viability and germination therefore we know for a fact that any seeds we have up for sale are fresh and have high germination rates. Therefore we are NOT responsible for your growing methods or any weather issues or environmental issues that may cause your seeds not to grow or bad growing methods. There are numerous things that can cause seeds not to germinate, too much water, not enough water, growing in wrong season, heat, cold and many more causes so we will not in any way be responsible for your seeds not growing since we know our seeds are fresh and we grow them ourselves every 2 months.

All multiple orders of the same seed are put in the same bag. For example if you order 500 beefsteak tomato seeds x 3 then 1500 seeds will be put in the same bag. We do not send out 3 individual bags with 500 in each. This goes for all seeds unless they are listings of different seeds.


If you can’t find germinating and instructions online you can find them on the item page. Our goal is to save money everywhere we can so we can pass those savings on to you.

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