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Leave them where they get plenty of light. Remember bolting will make the leaves bitter. It can allow an early start because the pots are brought indoors during light freezes and left outdoors during early spring days. Loose-leaf lettuces can be planted as close as 4 in (10 cm) apart, but larger head lettuces should be spaced around 6 in (15 cm) apart. It can tolerate some heat, but not as much as the leaf lettuce. Wash used pots in hot, soapy water and rinse well. Select the right soil type, prepare your pot, choose your lettuce variety, and take good care of your lettuce to have delicious greens for your salads right when you want them! 6. Eat your purchased lettuce, cutting the leaves at about 1 inch from the bottom. LEARN MORE >>. Planting Romaine Lettuce from a Seed 1 Evaluate your region’s climate and the season you are in. I don’t mulch my lettuce, but I know people who do. Place your transplant in the hole, replace the soil, and water them. Maybe you can start your own lettuce farm and sell them to local restaurants; How do I start to grow lettuce in Pots. Containers should have minimum 2 to 3 draining holes. When thinning, don’t disturb the roots of neighboring plants. Different lettuce types are more resistant to bolt than others. Whatever soil medium you choose, be certain it is loose and well worked. Our Rapid Establishment Irrigated Pasture Mix was designed for these goals and conditions. There are different varieties of Romaine lettuce to choose from, but Parris Island, or Cos, is the most popular. Romaine spreads out from a tight center instead of forming a ball or remaining loosely disconnected. Once the flowers produce their seeds, you can place a paper bag over the stalk and shake it well. To start transplants for growing lettuce in a container, sow the seeds in your prepared trays. Giving romaine lettuce plenty of room to grow results in larger heads. It’s also easy to make your own potting soil at home! Lettuce. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/9\/9e\/Grow-Lettuce-in-a-Pot-Step-1.jpg\/v4-460px-Grow-Lettuce-in-a-Pot-Step-1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/9\/9e\/Grow-Lettuce-in-a-Pot-Step-1.jpg\/aid10372017-v4-728px-Grow-Lettuce-in-a-Pot-Step-1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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