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Growing Lettuce

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Lettuce in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays 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 46°F and 81°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 12 inches 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
  • Lettuce seedlings
    Lettuce seedlings
  • Lettuce table-ready
    Lettuce table-ready

Lettuce offer a range of shapes, sizes and colours but they are all easy to grow. Choose a variety marked on the seed packet as suitable for the time of year as some do badly in the very hot months. Try to provide some shade to prevent them 'bolting' to flower and seed in the hottest months.

Sow in rows and use thinnings as small salad greens

Lettuce are shallow rooted so water daily in hot or dry weather to prevent bitter flavour. and bolting.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Lettuce

Wash well, spin or shake dry and use in salads and sandwiches

Your comments and tips

08 Aug 18, Ntokozo ntuli (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Is it not good to plant iceberg lettuce in summer? Please give me some advices on iceberg lettuce.
15 Jun 18, Peggy (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I'm interested in the production of lettuce so I want to know which is the best method for planting. Using hydroponics or soil media and why?
20 May 18, Heather (Australia - temperate climate)
I’m in the southern highlands and I can’t seem to grow iceberg lettuce??? Any suggestions why
21 May 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
You have indicated temperate and it says plant all year. Cool / Mountain is Sept to May. Do you receive all day sun. They need lots of sun. If still no good suggest you grow another variety.
18 May 18, lois (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
i am from united states and I SAW OMNLINE ABOUT A CERTAIN KIND OF LETTUCE GROWN IN AUSTRALIA AND I CANNOT FIND OUT WHERE TO GET ANY. IT STARTS WITH A W,CAN YOU HELP ME. I HAD IT WRITTEN DOWN ON A PIECE OF PAPER BUT CANNOT FIND IT NOWM CAN YOU HELP?
22 May 18, Claudie (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Lois, the only 'w' lettuce I can think of is Webb's Wonderful, which is a crisp-head type of lettuce, like iceberg. Could this be the one?
21 May 18, colin (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Lettuce Green Mignonette is a possibility.
21 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Is it White Boston? If so The Seed Collection Company on the internet have it $1 for 200 seeds- but out of stock at the moment. You could try other seed selling companies on the net.
03 Jun 18, Andrew (Australia - temperate climate)
Not sure if it qualifies as lettuce, but wombok?
04 Jun 18, Liz (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
This is the page you need www.gardenate.com/plant/Chinese%2Bcabbage
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