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Lettuce - Lactuca sativa

Lettuce seeds need a cool, moist environment to germinate, so it is best to plant during winter. They enjoy their fair share of sunlight but excessive heat will cause it to bolt to seed. The seeds should germinate in about 7-14 days. Once the seedlings have developed their second set of true leaves, they can be transplanted outdoors. Choose a spot that gets full sun or partial shade and has well-drained soil.

Space the plants 30-45cm apart. Lettuce plants need regular water, especially during hot weather. Lettuce can be harvested when the leaves are young and tender (70-80 days). To harvest, simply cut the leaves off at the base of the plant. It can be eaten raw in salads and wraps or used as garnish. Very interesting fact: the lettuce is actually part of the Daisy family (Asteraceae)!

When to plant

Winter (or right through the year)

Where to plant

Full sun (excessive heat will cause plant to bolt to seed).

Germination time

7 - 14 days

When can I harvest

70 - 80 days

Plant Specs

Bib type with pale heart, dark green reddish tinged rosette heads. Long lasting, heat tolerant. Annual. 20cm