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Lettuce in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Lactuca sativa

 

Lettuce

Lettuce is an annual vegetable for use as a salad vegetable. There are three main types: butterhead, crisphead and Cos (or Romaine), the first being smaller having soft leaves, the second crisp leaves and larger, the latter being conical, semi crisp, and tallish.

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plant Features
  • Lettuce likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Lettuce likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Lettuce is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Lettuce likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Lettuce

Latin name

Lactuca sativa

type

Vegetable

family

Asteraceae

ph

5.8 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Lettuce likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Lettuce is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Lettuce likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Lettuce likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When to harvest

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Lettuce is 0.15meters x 0.15meters 0.15 M 0.15 M

Lactuca sativa

Lettuce is an annual vegetable for use as a salad vegetable. There are three main types: butterhead, crisphead and Cos (or Romaine), the first being smaller having soft leaves, the second crisp leaves and larger, the latter being conical, semi crisp, and tallish.


Planting outdoors

From Mid Spring TO Mid Summer

Plant container grown plants out when risk of frost has passed, in rich moisture retentive soil. Watch out for slugs and snails - treat with pellets, or barriers (egg-shells, saw-dust, or copper tape) to avoid damage to the plants

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Summer

Sow lettuce seeds in damp compost in greenhouse, and keep the compost moist, but not waterlogged. Sow in succession - about every two weeks - to get a continuous crop

 
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