Tennis Ball was among Thomas Jefferson’s favorite
lettuce varieties. He noted that “it does not require
so much care and attention” as other types. Tennis
Ball, the parent of our modern Boston race of
lettuces so popular today, was first sold by American
seedsmen late in the 18th century. Tennis Ball is
distinctive for its delicate, pale-green leaves, which
form a loose head. Sow seeds early in the spring,
as soon as the ground can be worked, in rich,
well-prepared soil and thin seedlings to six inches
apart. Tennis Ball is also suitable for fall crops that
may be planted in late summer. 55 days to maturity.
Approximately 100-150 seeds per pack.
Line Drawing from The Vegetable Garden
by M.M. Vilmorin-Andrieux (1885).