Deciduous – Sheds Its Leaves Annually
Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Semi Frost Hardy
Semi Frost Hardy – Is Able to Survive Moderately Low Temperatures.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
Plant seedlings out into rows and space them 200mm apart. Do not plant too deep as this will result in poor heads.
Regular thorough watering and feeding every two weeks is required for all types of lettuce. Keep the plants moist and feed them every 14 days.
All lettuce types need well-prepared soil that is rich in organic material.
|Interesting planting ideas||
Plant near beetroot, cabbages, carrots, radishes and strawberries.
Loose-leaf types can remain in the garden for about three months before replanting.Planting the correct hybrid for the time of year is most important.
|Common pests and diseases||
Cutworms, aphids, caterpillars, slugs and snails.Leaf spot, bottom rot.
Iceberg, butter head and cos types can be picked as soon as the heads are firm and well developed.Pick individual leaves from loose-leaf types as soon as the leaves are large enough.
Nine to ten iceberg plants planted every three weeks will satisfy a family of four.For loose leaf lettuces, plant 5â€“8 plants.
|Seed sowing instructions||
Sow seed thinly in trays or beds and cover with 50mm of fine soil. Prick out the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle; keeping them moist at all times.
Lettuce is one of the most important year-round salad vegetables. It is not difficult to grow lettuce successfully provided you keep in mind that all types need well-prepared soil that is rich in organic material, regular thorough watering and feeding every two weeks. There are four types of lettuce: iceberg or crisphead, butterhead, loose-leaf, and cos or romaine. The most commonly grown is the iceberg type. Loose-leaf types can remain in the garden for about three months before replanting. Planting the correct hybrid for the time of year is most important.
Synonym: Lactuca sativa var. crispa
Botanical Pronunciation: lak-TOO-kuh suh-TYE-vuh
Lactuca sativa requirements and features
Requires moderate maintenance.
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