Lettuce offer a range of shapes, sizes and colours but they are all easy to grow. Choose a variety marked on the seed packet as suitable for the time of year as some do badly in the very hot months. Try to provide some shade to prevent them ‘bolting’ to flower and seed in the hottest months.
A heat resistant cultivar that is slow to bolt and produces emerald bronze heads. Produces a head that is about 8″ across with crumply, crisp leaves perfect for salads or sandwiches. Does well in hot climates and is semi drought tolerant.
Cherry belle radish is a rich source of ascorbic acid, folic acid and one can expect potassium in good quantity too. Vitamin B6, copper and calcium are also present, making the cherry belle radish, a health food indeed.
Easy to grow.
Harvest in 60-85 days
Sow in garden, or start in seed trays and plant out in 4-6 weeks.. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed.
Best planted at soil temperatures between 14°C and 30°C.
Space plants: 20-30cm
Sow seed 1/8 inch deep, 1 inch apart in rows 12 to 18 inches apart. When plants have two or three true leaves, thin to 12-inch spacings for crisphead varieties, 6 to 10 inches for other types. You can also lightly broadcast seed (particularly of looseleaf varieties) in a patch instead of a row.
Lettuce has a shallow root system. Keep soil moist to keep plants growing continuously. Mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds (unless slugs are a problem).
Moisture stress and high temperatures, particularly at night, encourage bolting. As the season progresses, plant more bolt-resistant varieties. Locate plants where they will be partially shaded by taller nearby plants, latticework or other screen.
Use row covers to protect very early plantings from cold, to protect young plants from insects, and (supported by hoops) to shade crops when warm weather arrives.
Maintenance and care:
Choose an area with full sun to partial shade and a soil pH of 6.2-6.8. Lettuce is a heavy feeder and prefers a rich, well cultivated soil with good drainage. Some success can be expected even in poor soils using the loose-leaf lettuce types. Add plenty of compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting lettuce. Lettuce benefits from regular feedings with a nitrogen rich fertilizer. Mulching is useful to keep soil cool and reduce weeds.
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