Lettuce, Tennis Ball (Black Seeded)


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Documented as being grown at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson. One of the most popular lettuces in the early 1900s, but now very hard to find the original black-seeded strain that we offer. Small heads measure only 6-8” in diameter and form nice little loose heads that are excellent for spring and summer salads. Traditionally the whole heads were pickled in a salt brine and eaten as a side dish.

$1.25 for 1/8 oz (approx. 3,500 seeds)

Additional information

Seed Type


Latin Name:

Lactuca sativa


5-10 days


45-50 days


Full Sun

Planting Method:

Direct sow as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Sow every 2-3 weeks for an extended harvest.

Planting Depth:



plant seeds thinly in rows 12" apart; thin to 8-10" space between plants

Seed Count

+/- 3500 per 1/8 oz

Satisfaction Guarantee

A.P. Whaley Seed Company is committed to your satisfaction. We pride ourselves in offering only the highest quality seeds: those free of GMOs, noxious weeds and other invasive species, and produced by growers that are supportive of sustainable agricultural practices.  Limitation of Liability:  The sole remedy for loss or damages shall be limited to the purchase price of the seed.  Shipping charges are not refundable. Under no circumstances will A. P. Whaley LLC be liable for consequential damages.  All claims must be submitted to A. P. Whaley LLC in writing no more than 30 days from the date of purchase.

Wholesale Customers

For wholesale pricing and availability, please contact our office at (608) 437-9081.

Organic Certification

All seed labeled as Certified Organic is certified for A.P. Whaley LLC by MOSA.



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