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I usually plant enough that I can harvest some daily and by the time I have havested most of the plants the first ones have grown back.
once you have it in the ground for a dayor 2, the watering won't need to be as frequent. My lettuce does fine in part sun and it seems to go a little longer before bolting then the ones I plant in full sun. The rabbits in my bsckyard really like lettuce and it usually does grow back when it gets eaten right down, but if you only take afew leaves off each one, you won't have to wait for it to grow back before you can get more
Edited by: EEVEE1 at: 5/23/2011 (22:26)
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Buy lettuce that is recommended for you area. Don't expect it to last into the heat of the summer. DO plant more for a Fall crop, when depends upon your area. Here in Indy I had deer tongue and butter crunch lettuce survive the winter (just a few stubs) and they grew into lovely heads this spring. I'm going to put a straw mulch over them this year and see if I can encourage more heads to survive because this gives me really early lettuce.
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I seem to have good luck planting my lettuce in partial shade. I harvest the leaves a little every night for our salads. It seems to me that the red leaf lettuce attract fewer slugs than the greel leaf varieties. This year we surrounded the slad garden with copper pipe (something DH read about) and so far - no slugs damage at all. We'll be eating salads from the garden within a week or two.
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Lettuce is considered a cool season crop. It can be plante in the early spring either from seed or transplants. I find seed much better, there are lots a varieties and it is very easy to grow from seed. Lettuce usually bolts (forms flowers/seeds) when the weather gets hot, then the leaves get bitter. In warmer weather you can try planting it in the shade but it still bolts quickly. It can be planted again in late August/early September for a fall crop.
I have always found lettuce to do best in full sun. I could never grow it in my shady garden. In some hot climates they do have to protect it with shade cloth. I used to know the word for it, transpiration, or something, when the leaves wilt but the soil isn't dry. The plant can't keep up with the plant respiration or something. I think they will get over it once you plant them in the ground. Lettuce is also really easy to grow from seed. I started some seed in April which survived 2 inches of snow and several frosts. I cut the outer leaves off as I need them and let the center keep going. Eventually that will form the flower (bolt) and make seeds for next year, but you can keep taking the outer leaves until they become bitter, usually when it is really hot and try out.
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I bought a small flat of 6 starter red leaf lettuce at the flea market. I have been hardening it by putting it out in the sun for an hour or so till i plant in the ground. My question is that it really wilts after being exposed to the sunlight. It does perk up after I water.
I live in NJ and if it is wilting now in the Spring sun what the heck is it going to do in the summer sun? Am I supposed to plant this in a shady area or is this normal and the answer is to water every night after being in the sun each day?
Also is it true that I can cut the leafs down to an inch and then they will grow back with new lettuce?
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