Growing Lettuce

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09 Apr 09 Michelle (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, My lettuce seem not be hearting, but growing straight up like little trees. Is this right? First time vegie gardener!
24 Mar 19 paul (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
When the root temperature of lettuce gets to 23 degrees the plant bolts - goes to seed. The plant does this as a survival mechanism. Something like, "Ouch, it's too hot! Quick, produce seeds before I die so my offspring will have a chance to grow in the future". That's lettuce. True also of coriander. Mulching the ground will help. Shadecloth will help. Taller/established plants nearby casting shadow is arguably best - see permaculture for design tips.
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