Salad Bowl Lettuce Seeds
Salad Bowl Lettuce is a lettuce type that grows well in a home vegetable garden. It grows into large rosettes of delicate, tender leaves that are lime green in color. This type has a high heat tolerance and consequently does not get bitter in warmer temperatures. Also, Salad Bowl Lettuce Seeds grow effectively in cool temperatures. After about 28 days, the tiny leaves are ready to harvest, and it takes around 50 days for them to reach full size. In addition, for companion planting benefits, grow Salad Bowl Lettuce Seeds with onions, cucumbers, or carrots.
Lettuce is affected by temperatures that lead to dormancy, plant etiolation, early bolting without head formation. Therefore, choosing a good variety of lettuce ensures its all-year-round cultivation, even in hot and humid tropical areas. Irrigation of lettuce during the dry season increases the factor of crop success.
Suitable Soil for Lettuce Cultivation
- Firstly, well-drained soil with good water retention capacity.
- Secondly, non-acidic soils.
- Also, soils rich in organic manure.
Water Requirement for Lettuce
Lettuce watering should be light, frequent, and consistent. The goal is to simply keep the soil moist. Avoid watering too often. This is because overwatering leads to root rot, disease, and stunted growth.
Importance of Growing Lettuce
- Firstly, promotes metabolism.
- Secondly, lower heart problems.
- Thirdly, treats Alzheimer’s disease.
- Lowers diabetes.
- Also, prevent growth of cancer.
- Lower inflammation.
- Prevent microbes.
- Eliminates toxins.
- Vitamins and minerals found in lettuce includes iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc and sodium along with vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, folate, niacin, Vitamin C, K, A, E and B6.
- Others are lowering cholesterol levels, regular sleep, protection of neurons, control anxiety and wide range of antioxidants.
Steps on Growing Salad Bowl Lettuce
Direct sow the seed in rich soil and full sun, spreading them as thinly as possible in rows 1-2′ apart; when the seedlings begin to grow, thin them to a distance of 6-8″.
Since lettuce has very shallow roots, it needs adequate moisture in order to stay tender and sweet; keep the soil evenly moist. Applying mulch helps conserve moisture and control weeds. Salad Bowl lettuce is quite heat resistant. Aim for a soil with ample drainage and lots of organic matter. Also, regular watering is essential to prevent leaves from developing a bitter taste.
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.5.
From sowing to planting out: 3-5 weeks depending on the season and the weather.
Harvest the leaves when they look mature enough to eat. Cut the whole plant from the ground a few weeks after it is mature. If you leave it in, the lettuce will eventually go bad.
- Harvest leaves in the morning. Harvest them early because they retain a crispiness gained overnight. Lettuce starts to “bolt” in hot conditions toward the end of the growing season. It begins producing seeds and acquires a bitter taste. You can keep this from happening by pinching off the center of the plant. If a lettuce plant does end up bolting, go ahead and pull it up.
Store harvested lettuce in the refrigerator.
Fruit: Large, light-green upright, loose, tender, wavy, deep-notched leaves.
Germination: 8 – 10 Days.
Form: Vegetable, lettuce, leaf.
Foliage: Long, wavy green leaves and delicate, burgundy red, deeply lobed leaves.
Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa.