Salad (Garden salad): Lettuce head (Lactuca sativa)


Aster family (Compositae)

Salad (Garden salad): Lettuce head


glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Early start: from beginning of March to beginning of May
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Seeding: from mid April to end of September
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Planting: If started early: 4 weeks after early start, if bought: from April to May
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Distance: 30.0 cm x 10.0 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Harvest: If started early: from 2 months after early start to 4 months after early start, if sown: from 2 months after seeding to 4 months after seeding, if planted: from June to November. Not before June and not after November
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Habitat: sunny
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Good Neighbours: Artichokes, Asparagus, Aubergines, Black salsify, Broad beans, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Chicory, Cucumbers, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Pointed cabbage, Radish, Radish, Red cabbage, Rhubarb, Runner beans, Savoy cabbage, Spinach, Spring onions, Strawberries, Tomatoes, White cabbage
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Bad Neighbours: Parsley, Potatoes
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> If companion planted with chervil, the lettuce will grow heads earlier, it will be more tender and go to seed later.
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Most varieties have green leaves which are wider than they are long. However, there is also a lettuce with reddish and yellowish leaves.


It needs a sunny location.


Propagation by seed.


Parsley, Potatoes


Plants that are well suited for next year cultivation:

Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Fennel, Kale, Leeks, Radish, Radish, Spinach, Sweet corn, White cabbage


The following plants should not be planted in the following years:

How many years: Not to plant:
1 – 2 year(s) Salad


In regions with a mild winter, varieties which can withstand a mild frost can be sown in autumn.


It needs a regular supply of water but must not stand in water.


Pests: Snails.
Preventative measures: Companion planting with chervil keeps snails away.
Diseases: Downy mildew.
Preventative measures: Companion planting with chervil. Water regularly.


The time until harvest depends a lot on the temperature and can range from 60 to 120 days.
Lettuce is pressure sensitive and doesn't keep very long.


If lettuce is in a perforated plastic bag or is lightly wrapped in a moist cloth then it can be kept for up to 3 days in the vegetable cooler of your fridge.


Lettuce is mostly eaten raw as a salad.


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