Choosing The Right Lettuce Seeds Many gardeners prefer to grow leaf lettuce primarily because it grows extremely fast and is very adaptable to a number of different types of soil and conditions. Green, flat-leafed varieties are known as "bulb lettuce," while the long-lasting, glossy, curly types are called "roller lettuce." Popular and easy to grow long-lasting varieties are rocket and kale. All Lettuce varieties except the Italian and Swiss are low-growing, so they can be easily stored after harvest.
If you plan on storing your harvest, then you should store them in a refrigerator or freezer, away from any other foods. You should also consider harvesting lettuce seeds every few weeks to improve your yields. Here are some general guidelines for collecting lettuce seeds every few weeks:
If you are just harvesting lettuce seeds for your personal use, then this may not apply to you. However, if you have more than this particular use in mind, then collecting lettuce seeds every few weeks will help ensure that your garden has enough foliage to provide you with fresh salad greens. Most consumers don't have a large amount of time to devote to maintaining a garden. By following these steps, you can insure that your lawn still looks lush and full of healthy leaves. And it won't take up all of your free time!
It is important to remember that most varieties of lettuce do not like being planted very close together. This is especially true with head lettuce, which is considered the most difficult type of lettuce to grow because of its prolific growth. Head lettuce tends to have a single stem and blooms on one end. Harvesting head lettuce seeds should be done as soon as the plant starts to flower so that it has maximum light exposure and can begin to flower and set.
It is important to check your garden about a week before you plan to harvest lettuce seeds. You want to check the four growing directions to see if any of them are experiencing problems. One common problem with head lettuce plants is that some of the leaves are yellow or pale from lack of sunlight. In order to ensure that you get full blooms and beautiful looking heads, you have to make sure that the areas that receive the most sun are receiving the full amount of sunlight. Try to keep at least four to six inches of distance between your lettuce plants.
If you live in a location that experiences cold winters, you can still harvest lettuce, though you have to wait for the warmer months. Harvesting during the cold season is a little trickier because lettuce does not grow well in colder temperatures. Plant the seedlings so that they are about one inch below the ground when they are growing. The ideal time to harvest is just after the plant starts to form leaves. After the first set of leaves has developed, move the seedlings back inside and store them. When spring comes and temperatures warm up, move them outdoors.
Lettuce tastes best when they are young, so don't be afraid to sow them right after the leaves are fully grown. If you don't, the leaves may not develop properly and the flavor may be compromised. Also, be careful when moving them around so that they don't squash themselves against the sides of the pot. Keep your lettuce plants shallow so that they do not rot.
When you have successfully sown your lettuce seeds, there are still some final considerations before planting them. Make sure to place them about one inch below the surface and then water them well to help them sprout. Water them thoroughly each day but refrain from saturating the soil. Finally, you will want to place them in an area where they will get ample sunlight and have access to lots of light.