Growing Lettuce

lactuca sativa : Asteraceae / the daisy family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec

(Best months for growing Lettuce in Australia - sub-tropical regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • P = Sow seed
  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden, or start in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks.. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 8°C and 27°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 30 cm apart
  • Harvest in 8-12 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots, Onions, Strawberries, Beets, Brassicas, Radish, Marigold, Borage, Chervil, Florence fennel, leeks.
  • Avoid growing close to: Parsley, Celery

Your comments and tips

09 May 08, Don (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
i've got lettuces in the open which are growing nicely that were established in February and March. Just wondered if the seed would germinate in the cold ground.
09 May 08, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
In cold months I start seeds under agri-fleece frost protection or in seed trays. I've found that lettuce takes forever to germinate (if ever) when sown directly in frost-exposed ground.
26 Jul 08, Wayne (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Can lettuce be grown in a area where frost is common in winter?spring
28 Jul 08, Michelle (Australia - temperate climate)
I am on the Mornington Peninsula area in Vic which often has frosty temps in Winter. I have lettuce growing from June-Aug with no major frost problems, or pests. Bunnings sells organic pest sprays which are okay.
28 Jul 08, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I grow lettuce through the winter frosts. They thrive under agri-fleece material, and survive uncovered so long as the ground doesn't freeze. A chinese cos-style lettuce 'Glenda White' that I got from seed savers years ago does particularly well through winter.
29 Jul 08, Barbara in Lane Cove (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I'm growing very happy lettuce in hanging baskets in the middle of my clothes line - it's the best place for winter sun, plus the slugs haven't found their way up there (yet) :-) There's still room for the washing around the outside.
21 Sep 08, PaulinBrisbane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Wondering if anyone can tell me the minimum soil depth Lettuce requires ?
01 Dec 08, Gerri (Brisbane) (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My Iceberg letttuce grew fast and look perfect but are not sweet. Any tips on how to grow sweet lettuce (and other veggies) in Brisbane please?
14 Jan 09, sam (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am having trouble with growing my lettuce ,they r in the shade and get loys of water including thrive but they r dying can anyone help. cheers sam am in brisbane
05 Feb 09, sharon matthews (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Gerri...ive heard that lettuce needs to be grown fast for it to be sweet. Lots of nitrogen rich organic liquid fertiliser.
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Lettuce grows best in cooler conditions. Varieties of lettuce that are grown in the summer (Great Lakes, etc) tend to be coarser textured and not quite as sweet as varieties grown in cooler weather. Because they are a leaf vegetable and not a 'fruit' vegetable they will tolerate less light. Morning sun up until late morning would be fine. Too much shade will make them weak and spindly. Trust this helps.

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