HOW TO GROW LETTUCE IN POTS
Lettuce is a cold season crop and that means it needs a cooler environment in order to grow. Those living in tropical climates may have a harder time growing lettuce, but it can still be done as long as the lettuce is planted in a colder month.
Learning how to grow lettuce in pots is great because the pots can be brought indoors during colder days, then brought back outdoors once the weather grows.
- Lettuce needs plenty of roots to spread its roots, so make sure you have a pot that's at least 6 to 12 inches.
- Choose a good pet or compost mix soil.
- The soil needs to be constantly moist as lettuce IS 95% water, but make sure the roots are never sitting in water. This may cause root rot.
- Be sure your pot has good drainage holes to prevent excess water and root rot.
- Before planting, add 1/2 tablespoon of time release fertilizer per gallon of soil.
- Lettuce transplants should be planted 1/4 inch deeper than they would be in garden soil.
- Set each lettuce head about 6-12 inches apart.
- Seeds can be sown once the soil is no longer frozen, 1/2 inch deep and 4-12 inches apart.
CARING FOR YOUR LETTUCE PLANT:
- Make sure soil is always moist, but never over-watered.
- Because of its shallow roots, lettuce responds best to consistent, shallow watering.
- You can start harvesting your lettuce after about 65 days if planted in the fall, and about 100 days after planted in the winter.
- Simply snip or break off the leaves and your lettuce will keep producing.
- If you remove the entire head, you will have to replant again next season.