Harvesting lettuce seeds is simple, fun, and economical. In this article, I will tell you how to gather and save lettuce seeds for your next harvest, which includes step by step instructions on how to get started. One of the best growing tasks in perennial garden is harvesting seeds to plant the following year, and lettuce certainly is at the top of that list.
The first step in preserving these seeds before your turn to the next year's collection is by removing the flower heads from the plants. We have white puffs on our lettuce plants, the white puffs are the seeds. We have a white puff shaped mixture on our little fingers and it looks like small dumplings. To get to the seeds, take a pair of garden shears or a pair of scissors and snip off the flower head near the base. You can do this about every half inch or so from the base of the plant.
Next, remove the white puffs from the base of your plant. You can cut them off with your hand or you can use a knife or a pair of shears. Now is the time to remove the green foliage that covers up the seeds. In late summer it may be to dry out enough to just shake it off and it won't affect your crop yield. It is also a great time to fertilize your garden with a high nitrogen fertilizer.
If you have never grown lettuce seeds before, I highly suggest that you do so. It is an amazing healthy plant that is full of nutrients that your family will love to eat. You can grow romaine lettuce on your deck, patio, balcony, or even grow it in a small container in the kitchen.
The great thing about lettuce seedlings that are grown indoors is that you can move them around to wherever they want to go. They will not die if they get cold weather, but they will slow down their growth significantly. For instance, lettuce leaves that are left on the windowsill will usually turn brown sooner than those that are stored for warmer temperatures. It is better to grow these lettuce seeds indoors for at least two weeks, so you can see how it grows and see if it blooms as you would like. Many gardeners grow these romaine lettuce seedlings indoors because they love the way it looks and smells.
When you buy your lettuce seeds, keep in mind what kind of soil you have in your garden. If you are a beginner gardener, I would recommend that you get some low nitrogen green manure. This will help your lettuce seeds germinate faster. Make sure that you use your sharp shears to cut the leeks free of any seeds. After removing the seeds, you can spread them on top of some peat moss and let them remain there for a couple days to a week. This will help your plants breathe and it will help your plants get better nutrition.
Once you are done with this step of planting your seedlings, it is time to get them started. For best results, it is recommended that you plant your lettuce seeds in a very warm sunny location that receives approximately six hours of sunlight. If you do not have a greenhouse, then just be sure that you have an extra paper bag or container that you can place inside so that you can collect the leaves that you see after they are blown away by the wind.
In order to get more production out of your seeds, you can also try some very simple tips. Try first planting your seeds in the same spot, then after the seeds sprout, try moving them to a different spot. Another way to improve your lettuce seedling yield is by succession planting. With succession planting, you can spread your seeds evenly over a larger area, thus allowing you to increase the number of plants you need to get started with your Lettuce seedling project.