Lettuce (Headed) Growing Guide

Lettuce (Headed)

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Most soil types but best if it's moisture retentive with some dug in compost.

Position

In summer, semi-shade, a cool sunny spot or inter-planted between other crops. In winter, full sun

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Not usually required.

Companions

Sweetcorn, Cucumber, Carrot, Rocket, Radish, Onion, Onions, Spring Onion and Poached Egg Plant. Jane recommends Carrot, Radish, Strawberry.

Spacing

Single Plants: 25cm (9") each way (minimum)
Rows: 20cm (7") with 30cm (11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Start sowing in early spring and continue every few weeks for a continuous supply.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Early sowings are easily attacked by slugs and snails, so may be best in containers. Thin out to give plenty of room for each plant to grow. In hot summer conditions lettuce can bolt (produce flower heads) and becomes tough and a little bitter.

Harvesting

When the heart of the lettuce feels firm pull the whole plant up and cut off the roots. Harvest in the morning when the leaves are cool and full of moisture.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Lettuce (Headed)