It is fun and enjoyable to grow lettuce in pots or containers. You will experience the harvesting of the crispy, fresh and also homegrown lettuce leaves to add into your salads in such quick time.
Choose the Pots
Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to be planted in the containers or pots. It contains lots of fiber, abundant water, vitamins and minerals which are great for your body. If you want to grow lettuce in the pots or containers, the first thing that you need to do is to choose the right size of pots for them. Most lettuce varieties can grow very well in the pots.
The roots of lettuce don’t require deep soil to grow. They can live in the shallow yet wide containers. However, the pots need to be completed with small holes for the drainage at the bottom. For the materials, you can use terracotta, clay or plastic pots.
Plant Lettuce into Pots
Lettuce can grow well during the cool season and you can start planting the crops from spring up to fall seasons in most regions. You can start growing this plant during the winter. You can grow lettuce from seedlings or seeds. If you want to start from the seedlings, you can start purchasing them in your local nursery.
If you want to have successive lettuce planting, you can sow the seeds once in two weeks during the growing season. During the summer, when you feel that the weather starts to heat up, you can move your containers or pots in a cooler location and prepare the shade for your plants.
Requirements to Grow Lettuce in Pots
To grow lettuce successfully in pots or containers, there are several things that you need to fulfill. These include:
Since you have a small space in your garden, you need to implement ‘cut-and-come-again method. By doing this planting method, you don’t have to be worried about the crop spacing. You can sow the seedlings and then thin them out if the start to grow bushes. You can keep each plant apart from each other within 4 to 6 inches.
Lettuce enjoys lots of sunlight in much cooler location. You can easily grow them in the shaded area. When you grow your lettuce in the warm climate, you may want to keep them away from direct sun as long as possible.
You need to use the potting soil so that your plants can grow healthy. Make sure to mix the soil with some components like peat and compost. You can add compost or aged manure regularly. You need to provide well drained yet loamy soil for them.
Since you use shallow pots, you may need to water the plants regularly so that the soil is always moist. Make sure not to overwater your pots since lots of water can kill your plants due to the rotten roots.
You need to give the fertilizer when the seedlings start to grow. You can add liquid fertilizer. Make sure to follow the manual provided by the manufacturer.