Organic Lettuce

(Lollo Rossa)

How To Grow

Sowing Seed

  • Sow indoors using bean tin with holes punched in the base for drainage (or empty toilet/kitchen paper roll halved, a small yoghurt/plastic container or similar with holes punched in the bottom for drainage)

  • Fill with approx. 6cm deep compost

  • Place 3-5 seeds per container with no compost over them - seeds need light to germinate. 

  • Gently water

  • Seedlings are ready to plant out when they have 4 or 5 leaves (leave a few days after 4-5 leaves have grown before transplanting them)


Transplanting (Moving to different location for optimum growing)

  • Ensure soil is moist before transferring

  • Best planted in average to rich (fertile) soil

  • Lettuce is ideal to plant anywhere that you have space between other plants, just as long as they are in partial sunshine approx. 20cm apart from other plants 

  • Make approx. 5cm wide hole and plant the seedlings well down in the soil with the seed leaves just above the soil level, firm soil gently around plant.

  • Ensure soil around plant is kept weed free and ensure they are kept moist.

  • Water them a lot if weather is hot to prevent plant bolting (the plant sends up a flower stalk and becomes inedible)

  • To encourage growth and deter pests, feed every 3 - 4 weeks with organic fertiliser (e.g. dried seaweed fertiliser, sachets available on sow.ie)


Growing Time: 

  • Approx. 2 months


Harvest:

  • Ensure lettuce is watered well the week before harvest

  • Harvest as soon as lettuce leaves are fully formed - simply removing outer leaves and letting the plant continue to grow


Tip: Harvest early in the morning for optimum freshness

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