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Lettuce Great Lakes - Seeds

1 packet contains 100 seeds Lettuce. It is most often grown as a leaf vegetable, but sometimes for its stem and seeds.
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Description for Lettuce Great Lakes

Lettuce greens are so easy to grow, so nutritious, and so delicious picked fresh from the garden, that everyone should grow them. Grow lettuce in the vegetable garden, tuck it into flowerbeds, or cultivate it in containers. With regular watering, shade from hot sun, and succession planting, you can enjoy home grown lettuce almost year-round in much of the country.

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 Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Iceberg, Crisphead Yellow About a month after the heads form Up to 2 feet Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Before you plant your lettuce seeds, make sure the soil is prepared. It should be loose and drain well so it is moist without staying soggy.
  • To keep the soil fertile, feed it with organic matter about one week before you seed or transplant. Since the seed is so small, a well tilled seedbed is essential. Large clods will reduce germination.
  • Direct sowing is recommended as soon as the ground can be worked. Plant seeds half an inch deep. Snow will not hurt them, but a desiccating cold wind will.
  • If you want an earlier crop, however, you may start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last spring frost date for an earlier crop. Harden off seedlings for about one week, and transplant outside between 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after last spring frost.
  • Seed may be sown in single rows or broadcast for wide row planting. When broadcasting, you will need to thin for the proper spacing. Lettuce takes 65 to 120 days to mature from seed germination through harvest.

    Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
    Full sun, part shade Loose, nitrogen-rich, well-drained soil Requires regular but well drained water 45 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit Leaf lettuce needs nitrogen to grow tender, new leaves quickly, so fertilize throughout the growing season with Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food.

    Caring for Lettuce Great Lakes

    • You should be able to sow additional seeds every two weeks for a continuous harvest throughout the growing season.
    • 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.
    • To plant a fall crop, create cool soil in August by moistening the ground and covering it with a bale of straw. A week later, the soil under the bale will be about 10 degrees F (6 degrees C) cooler than the rest of the garden. Sow a three foot row of lettuce seeds every couple of weeks, just rotate the straw bale around the garden.
    • Make sure soil remains moist but is well-drained.
    • An organic mulch will help conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and keep soil temperatures cool throughout the warmer months.
    • 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.
    • Weed by hand if necessary, but be careful of plant roots: They are shallow.
    • Planning your garden so that lettuce will be in the shade of taller plants, such as tomatoes or sweet corn, in the heat of the summer, may reduce bolting.

    Harvesting

  • Lettuce should be harvested when full size, but just before maturity. You want it young and tender.
  • Before maturity, you can harvest leaf lettuce by simply removing outer leaves so that the center leaves can continue to grow. A second harvest is often possible this way. Crisphead lettuce is picked when the center is firm.
  • Mature lettuce gets bitter and woody and it will go bad quickly, so check your garden everyday.
  • As time passes, you will want to cut the whole plant from the ground.
  • It is the best to harvest in the morning before leaves have been exposed to sun.

  • Typical uses of Lettuce Great Lakes

    Special features: Foliage

    Culinary use:

  • Most lettuce is used in salads, either alone or with other greens, vegetables, meats and cheeses.
  • Romaine lettuce is often used for Caesar salads, with a dressing that includes anchovies and eggs.
  • Lettuce leaves can also be found in soups, sandwiches and wraps, while the stems are eaten both raw and cooked.

    Ornamental use: The plant can be grown for its foliage.

    Medicinal use:

  • Lettuce contains moisture, energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars.
  • The minerals and vitamins found in lettuce include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc along with vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B-6, C, A, E, and vitamin K.

    Note: Please consult your health expert.

  • References

    • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/gcc-89778
    • https://www.succeedheirlooms.com.au/heirloom-vegetable-seed/heirloom-lettuce-seeds/lettuce-great-lakes.html
    • http://www.gardenersnet.com/vegetable/iceberg.htm
    • https://garden.org/learn/articles/view/430/

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    4 / 5 Divya Kuchibhotla 01 August 2017
    Good germination, no waste any seed.
    5 / 5 Narendra Kumar Sharma 26 July 2017
    I m happy with this nice vegetable seeds product
    4 / 5 Bala Murugan 14 July 2017
    The reason why I am reviewing this so lately is because I wanted some time to see it s germination and growth afterwards. Today the plant is in full bloom . It has almost grown up to 3 ft in height an
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