Light Requirement: Requires 4-5 hours of sunlight during the day
Soil Requirement: It requires well-drained, loamy, and nutrient-rich soil. Maintaining soil quality is very important for its head formation.
Water Requirement: Keeping the soil moist at all times is vital. The water evaporation can be prevented through mulching the soil.
Harvesting: Harvest heads that have tightened by cutting right above the base along with 2-3 leaves to prevent the edible part from getting damaged. Homegrown lettuce may have a smaller head. Therefore, the tightness of the head should be a determinant of its maturity and not its size. Do not let the head spread out as this indicates spoilage of the fruit.
Important Growing Tip: Prepare the seedling for transplantation. Water it well for the first 7-8 days once the seeds get germinated. After 4-6 weeks when the seedling reaches 8-10 cm height with at least 3-4 sets of leaves, you can transplant it.
Take a size of container 6 to 12 inches deep and keep the 2-3 draining holes. Fill the container with a potting mix till 1 inch below the rim of the container.
Sprinkle seeds 1 inch apart and cover it with a thin layer of potting mix, Lettuce should get enough light to germinate. Sprinkle water and make the soil moist completely. Place the container in good sunlight.
Lettuce seeds take 7-8 days to germinate.
Once the seedling has grown to 2-3 leaves, Take them out and dig 2 inches deep holes in the container and plant the seedlings. Plant a minimum of 4-5 inches space between each lettuce plant.
Water regularly and keep the soil moist constantly.
Harvesting can be done in 40-45 days, Always harvest lettuce during the early hours of the morning. Pluck the almost mature leaves carefully. Take not more than 3-4 leaves from a plant. And when you have harvested those leaves do not harvest again form the same plant for 8-10 days.
Level of professionalism
Kharif & Rabi
No. of days to harvest
No. of picking per plant
4-5 inch apart
No. of Seeds per dibble