Lettuce Romaine Imported - Seeds
From baby leaf lettuce to big, crisp heads, lettuce is easy to grow in spring and fall, when the soil is cool. Leaf colour and texture vary with variety. All types of lettuce grow best when the soil is kept constantly moist, and outside temperatures range between 45 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Common name: ice plant
Height: Height: 0.5 to 2 feet
Spread: 0.5 to 2 feet
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Choose the right varieties and you can have lettuce almost all year round. There are so many types of lettuce to choose from – all with different colours, flavours and textures – that salad need never be boring!
There are two main types of lettuce – hearting lettuces have a dense centre, while loose-leaf lettuces have open leaves and no heart. You can also grow a variety of salad leaves that can be picked while young and tender.
Sunlight: Full sun, part shade, Yields best in full sun. Part shade helpful when it’s hot.
Soil: Requires well-drained soil, Tolerant of a wide range of soils, but prefers well-drained, cool, loose soil with plentiful moisture and pH 6.2 to 6.8. Sensitive to low pH. Lime to at least 6.0.
Water: Requires regular but well drained water.
Temprature: 45 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit
Fertilizer: Leaf lettuce needs nitrogen to grow tender, new leaves quickly, so fertilize throughout the growing season with Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food.
Harvesting: Lettuce should be harvested just before maturity. Pay attention to the leaf size. Before maturity, you can break leaves off. As time passes, you will want to cut the whole plant from the ground. Mature lettuce will go bad quickly, so check your garden everyday. It’s best to harvest in the morning before leaves have been exposed to sun. Keep lettuce in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in a loose plastic bag. Lettuce wilted? Put the leaves in a bowl of cold water with ice cubes and soak for about 15 minutes.
- Fertilize 3 weeks after transplanting.
- Lettuce prefers soil that is high in humus, with plenty of compost and a steady supply of nitrogen to keep if growing fast.
- Use organic alfalfa meal or a slow-release fertilizer.
- Make sure soil remains moist but is well-drained.
- Retain moisture with mulch throughout the summer months.
- Lettuce will tell you when it needs water.
- Just look at it.
- If the leaves are wilting, sprinkle them anytime—even in the heat of the day—to cool them off and slow down the transpiration rate.
- Some thinning may be required for directly sown seedlings; use the space guidelines above.
- Weed by hand if necessary, but be careful of plant roots: They are shallow.
- Weight loss.
- Lettuce is very good for dieters because it is very low in calories, on average only 1-50 per serving.
- Lettuce is also rich in water, allowing the body to hydrated.
- The lettuce also contain fibre, which helps digestion and gives a sense of fullness for longer.
- Against disease.
- Lettuce contains beta-carotene which is the crusader against the disease.
- Certain diseases such as cataracts, stroke, heart disease, and cancer can be combated by eating lettuce.
- Prevent cancer.
- According to the American Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, foods rich in vitamin A and C may help prevent certain cancers.
- Lettuce contains both vitamin.
- Helping people with constipation.
- Lettuce contains dietary fibre which can help the intestines move more easily so that helps with digestion.
- Lettuce is also proven to treat gastric acid disorders, arthritis, cataracts, circulatory problems, and colitis.
- Assist in the restoration of tissue.
- Lettuce high in magnesium.
- This element has an important role in the recovery of tissue, nerves, brain, and muscles.
- Also contributing to shorten the recovery time.
- Eating lettuce can accelerate recovery of tired muscles, tissues, and nerves.
- Relieves headaches.
- Lettuce juice when mixed with oil of roses, and then attached to the forehead, can help relieve headaches so as to ensure restful sleep.
- Prevent birth defects.
- Lettuce is rich in folic acid, which is known to help prevent birth defects in the early stages of pregnancy.
- Also prevent anaemia.
- Against insomnia.
- Eating lettuce helps fight insomnia because it contains sleep-inducing substance called lactucarium.
- It is a mild opiate substances that exist in virtually all types of lettuce.
- Improving liver health.
- Lettuce is also believed to contribute to heart health.
- Treating hair loss.
- Mixed lettuce juice and spinach juice is said for those who bothered by hair loss problems.
- Soothing sexual desire.
- Researchers at the University of California shows a series of experiments whose results lettuce has a calming effect on sexual desire, a strong influence on increasing the level of fertility.
- Although these findings seem controversial, lettuce is often recommended to help men suffering from premature ejaculation.
- Provides nutrition during pregnancy and lactation.
- Folic acid in lettuce helps prevent megaloblastic anaemia during pregnancy.
- This was demonstrated in a series of experiments on lettuce mothers who eat free from nutritional anaemia.
- Eating lettuce also have a major effect on the secretion of the hormone progesterone.
- Eating lettuce with spinach, asparagus, peas, and cauliflower increasing folic acid or vitamin B from the diet.
- Approximately 300-500 mcg vitamin is required during the last trimester of pregnancy.
- Deficiency of this vitamin causes megaloblastic anaemia.
- A variety of salad leaves are used in the Salad of leaves and pancetta while cool lettuce leaves balance the spiciness of the meatballs in these Spiced pork patties in lettuce leaves.
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