Growing Lettuce From Seed
My lettuce has germinated and is about 1 1/2 inches tall (in a veg. 6 pk. container). It seems to have stopped growing for the last 2 weeks and I'm not sure whether to transplant it into a larger container as individual plants or what to do? Any suggestions?Answer:
You definitely have to transplant your salad seedlings. They are running out of space and nutrients. To develop a salad head they need more space and nutrients.
You can either transplant into individual pots, window-boxes, grow bags or into the open ground.Growing on in containers:
Growing on in the ground:
- Separate your seedlings carefully. Try to leave as much root intact as possible.
- Fill a pot with good quality potting soil and push a hole into the middle. If you plant into window-boxes or grow-bags leave 10-12 inches between the seedlings depending on lettuce variety.
- Insert the roots of the seedling and firm the soil carefully around it.
- Water in well until the water runs out at the bottom of the pot.
- Feed and water the plants regularly. You can add a general purpose liquid feed to the water about every ten days.
- Prepare the ground: the soil should be loose and crumbly. Add some well rotten compost and a general purpose organic fertilizer.
- Plant the seedlings in rows about 12-18 inches apart. Leave 10-12 inches in between the individual plants.
- Water the plants in well.
- Keep the lettuce well watered in dry weather to avoid bolting.
- Don't forget about slug control.
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