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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