Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Varieties include loose-leaf or head forming types and come in a variety of colors, textures & flavors. Can be grown almost year-round with some planning and offer a continual harvest of salad greens for your table if sown by seed every 3 weeks. Flavor turns bitter if not given enough moisture.

Care: full to part sun, evenly moist, fertile soil, prefers cool weather, long season of harvest, in ground or containers, sow seeds or plant transplants, protect from slugs.

Best in part-sun and loamy soil; feed regularly with organic, slow-release fertilizer & keep soil moist but well-draining. Does best in cool weather but many varieties are heat-tolerant; can be transplanted from starts or direct sown by seed as soon as soil reaches 40-45 degrees. Harvest regularly for best flavor & yield; protect from slugs.

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