Growing LETTUCE in your Vegetable Garden

PLANT TYPE: Annual
BOTANICAL NAME: Lactuca sativa
SUN: Full Sun in spring/autumn, partial shade in summer
SOIL TYPE: Rich, well‐drained, loose loam.
pH RANGE: 6.2 ‐ 6.8
WATERING: Keep moist, not waterlogged, daily short watering is best
MATURITY IN DAYS: 45 ‐ 55
KNOWN PESTS: slugs, snails and grasshoppers

Your garden or pots must have at least 8 hours of full sun and a soil pH of 6.2‐6.8.
Lettuce is a heavy feeder and prefers a rich, well mulched soil with good drainage.
Add plenty of compost or well rotted manure prior to planting lettuce, not during their growth.
During their growth you are best to use a folair spray with high nitrogen content as it is the leaf that we need to encourage.


Mulching can be useful to keep soil cool and reduce weeds. We use sugarcane mulch.
Harvest lettuce early in the morning after dew is evaporated.
Loose‐leaf types can be picked as soon as leaves are large enough to eat.
Some varieties such as Cos can be picked as you need the leaves over a very long period.

 


Best Times to grow Lettuce:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania - Sept - May
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth - All Year
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton - All Year
North Q'ld and NT - Feb - Nov