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Growing Corn Salad, also Lamb's lettuce or Mache

(Valerianella locusta)

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                P P P  

(Best months for planting Corn Salad in South Africa - Summer rainfall regions)

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 10 - 15 cm apart
  • Harvest in 5-8 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Onions
  • Young corn salad

Like lettuce in appearance and use, Lamb's lettuce is hardier.

Not suitable for growing in warm areas.

Grow quickly with a well enriched soil and keep watered - adding nitrogen every two weeks.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Corn Salad

Pick individual leaves or harvest the whole plant as required


Your comments and tips

08 Nov 14, robyn scott (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Bought seeds from Livingseeds. Will plant them in winter because Durban summers are too hot
08 Jul 13, Jurie Willemse (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
We would like to knoe where can we get some of this seedlings of the corn sald.
21 Nov 12, Andy Grobler (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
is it possible to buy seeds lambs lettuce anywhere in South Africa?

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