“I don’t care if my lettuce has anything on it just as long as it’s crisp.”
So many people prefer having their own kitchen garden to grow organic vegetables and enjoy them fresh and crisp.
Are you one of them? Are you planning to have your own mini farm in the backyard and grow all the vegies you like to eat every now and then?
Then brace yourself because for a health conscious and organic vegetables loving person like you, we have prepared a guide on how to harvest romaine lettuce in your garden.
And below are all the details on what you have to follow up.
LET US GROW LETTUCE
“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.”
Talking about gardening mistakes and experiments, you can only know if you are doing it the correct way by giving it a chance.
Also, if you will follow up the instruction given below on how to plat a lettuce, we are pretty sure the chances of committing mistakes will reduce to the bare minimum.
So, let us quickly see things to keep in mind while planting a romaine lettuce?
- Although, lettuce is a spring and fall crop but you must begin planting fall lettuce in late summer so that it can reach the maturity when the fall air is cool as that temperature will be ideal for the best growth of the lettuce.
- Lettuce requires the temperature in between 40 to 85 degrees F but you must also keep in mind that lettuce thrives when temperatures are specifically between 60 to 70 degrees F.
- Talking about the ideal lettuce growing location, if you are planting your lettuce in the spring or fall season, go for a spot that receives maximum sun but if you plan on growing lettuce during the summer season when it’s already hot, planting lettuce at warm place won’t be suggested here. Select a place with partial shade so that it can provide protection from the heat and your lettuce won’t burn or dry out.
And that was how to plant a romaine lettuce, let’s talk about harvesting now.
WHEN TO HARVEST ROMAINE LETTUCE
You might be surprised to know but lettuce is one of the simplest vegetables to harvest as most lettuce can be harvested between 30 to 70 days after planting.
Do you know when to harvest lettuce and what’s the ideal time of harvesting? As soon as you need it and your lettuce reaches the size you want, it’s ready to harvest!
Also, here’s a pro tip for you: harvesting lettuce in the morning to get its best flavour.
With that, lets get into some more details you should know about.
HOW TO CUT ROMAINE LETTUCE FROM GARDEN?
Romaine lettuce can easily be cut off near ground level or you can remove just a few leaves at the time of need.
Another thing that romaine lettuce harvesters struggle with, its here!
WHEN TO PICK ROMAINE LETTUCE?
The answer is very simple, harvest the romaine lettuce when it reaches between 6 and 8 inches tall also make sure you pick the ones with tight leaves first.
We have a few more crucial details for you below, see them to become a pro in lettuce harvesting.
“Inside every seed is the potential for an incredible harvest.”
Isn’t it true? The potential that every tiny seed holds? They can actually grow into something as big as lettuce.
Coming back to our harvester’s guide, here are a few more details for you:
DOES ROMAINE LETTUCE GROW BACK AFTER CUTTING?
When you cut off the entire head of lettuce at once, you often leave its base in the soil and that helps the roots of the romaine to produce an additional lettuce flower.
Since most leaf-lettuce plants renew efforts to produce leaves themselves using the old roots, if you regularly water the soil after trimming the original harvest, you can regrow another round of lettuce easily.
In most cases, results are often smaller than the initial harvest, but it will still be a good-tasting, fresh and crispy romaine lettuce that can be ready to harvest in 55 to 60 days.
Taking about that, the next question that comes up here!
HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU HARVEST LETTUCE?
if you water the soil regularly you can easily get two to three harvests of lettuce leaves from just one planting.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD LETTUCE BE WATERED?
Generally, lettuce should not be watered daily for most of its growing period. It should only be watered twice or thrice a week to a depth of six inches. But for the first two weeks of planting, it must be watered lightly but more frequently.
Except for that, consider watering lettuce daily only if you live in a hot and dry place or the ground is drying out too quickly and failing to retain sufficient water for your lettuce plant’s growth. Frequently watering lettuce is more important than deep watering it.
Also, if you aren’t sure about your soil’s condition and can’t say if the lettuce plant needs to be watered or not, in that case you can test the moisture level of the soil by sticking your finger about an inch into the ground near where your lettuce plants are growing. If it feels moist to touch it means that the ground is still damp and the lettuce don’t need water yet but in-case the soil feels dry, you know what to do then.
You must go and start planting your lettuce plants right now with confidence by taking the help of this guide.
Gardening is an art and not everyone is an artist. But you can be, with your dedication, patience, interest and all the right knowledge that you need to harvest your favourite crop perfectly.
Talking about romaine lettuce, since you know all of its requirements, do’s and don’ts, now you can say that its not just a tasty and healthy plant but also quite convenient to grow.