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Can lettuce get too much water?
Too much or too little water can spell disaster for lettuce plants at every stage of growth. Insufficient moisture will cause lettuce seeds and seedlings to fail, while too much water will contribute to fungal and bacterial growth that can kill young seedlings.
What is the best way to water lettuce?
How much water does lettuce use per day?
Maximum water use by lettuce is approximately 0.15 in. of water per day, but can vary depending on location and time of planting.
Why are my lettuce leaves drooping?
Insufficient soil moisture or overly wet soil can both result in poor growth and wilting. Lettuce suffering from drought stress wilts quickly and fails to put on new growth. Wet and soggy soil causes the plant's roots to drown and rot. Leaves may begin to yellow and wilt, or the whole plant may become stunted.
Can I grow lettuce in shade?
Among vegetables, leafy greens are the most tolerant of shade, including kale, lettuce, spinach, arugula and chard. Related to both beets and spinach, Swiss chard tastes a little like both and is fairly easy to grow.
Can you grow lettuce in pots?
Growing lettuce in containers requires the right type of pot and planting medium. Lettuce needs ample room for roots but you can grow several varieties in 6 to 12 inch (15-30.5 cm.) pots. The greens need a consistent supply of moisture as they are almost 95 percent water but cannot tolerate wet roots.
Should you water vegetables every day?
How Often Should You Water a Vegetable Garden? There is a tendency for gardeners to water a little each day. This is much less efficient than watering two to three times each week. Watering deeper on a less-frequent schedule will give the water time to seep into the ground.
Can you save a plant after overwatering?
To save an overwatered plant, the first thing you should do is temporarily stop watering it. Make sure the drainage holes in your plant's pot aren't clogged, and gently shake the pot to loosen the soil and introduce some air into it. Place your plant in a shady spot and give it a few days for the soil to dry out.
How long does a lettuce take to grow?
Lettuce takes up to 10 weeks to grow – you can pick loose-leaf lettuce varieties from six weeks, and at 10 weeks for hearting types.
How long does it take for lettuce to get true leaves?
Most lettuce varieties mature in 45 to 55 days, allowing many gardeners to plant two or even three crops. But looseleaf and butterhead leaves can be harvested at just about any time in their development. Heading varieties take longer to mature. Romaine takes 75 to 85 days and crisphead 70 to 100 days.
How much water does lettuce need weekly?
ANSWER: Lettuce should be watered not daily but instead about twice a week, or once every four or five days, for most of its growing period. It will need to be watered lightly but more frequently for the first two weeks after planting, perhaps daily, depending on your climate.