Have you ever wondered what fresh taste like? Do you get sticker shock looking at some of the microgreen prices at the market? Want to add color to your dinner plate? Growing lettuce in pots is an easy way to bring the farm fresh nutrition to your table for pennies. We will get to know that leafy vegetable that serves well on a cold plate. You might even learn some trivia answers for Jeopardy..who knows? You can learn simply how to grow lettuce by beefing up your knowledge. Let’s get you making gourmet lettuce salad like a boss or maybe for your boss.
Growing lettuce in pots is so simple and easy to do. It starts with 2 simple optimal growing materials, a pot or container of about 6-12 inches and richy loamy soil that holds moisture well. Next, you plant your desired lettuce plant seeds, either by broadcast the lettuce seeds or selective plantings. Add water to keep lettuce moist throughout its growing period. The lettuce pot or container does best in a location that gets 3-6 hours of sun per day & prefers cooler weather.
These tips are geared towards growing lettuce in pots, but they can also be used to learn about how to grow lettuce in a garden bed as well. We will sneak in a few tips of growing lettuce anywhere. Really though, the best way to grow lettuce is to simply start with what you got.
Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) started out as a weed for the Egyptians until Whole Foods opened up in their neighborhood. Wouldn’t that be cool? Lettuce grew in popularity in ancient Roman and Greece. You know think Romaine Lettuce or Caesar salad. That’s where these lettuce common names originated.
Lettuce was even used as an herbal medicine “as a treatment for pain, rheumatism, tension and nervousness, coughs and insanity“. The Egyptians even thought of lettuce to help with sexual prowess. Serve up your oysters on a bed of lettuce greens next time if you are feeling in the mood. Think viagra in your salad bowl.
Lettuce has made its way around the world throughout the ages and has even been grown out of this world. Yes, the International Space Station astronauts practiced growing romaine lettuce while hurtling through space at 17 thousand miles per hour. Romaine lettuce made its way into the bellies of astronauts after growing under red, green, and blue LEDs. I guess potatoes were grown on Mars, so lettuce was also a logical choice. Oh wait, that was just in a movie.
Growing lettuce in pots has got to be one of the easiest and fool proof vegetable gardening crops to grow. Here’s a few other benefits of growing your own lettuce in containers.
Let’s get into the nitty gritty step on how to grow lettuce in pots or a container. This is the most epic step by step lettuce loving growing guide. We need to gather a few simple materials to ensure lettuce leafy green bliss.
Here is a step by step video guide on how to grow lettuce in pots or containers:
This answer can vary depending on what you want to grow and how fast you want the lettuce plants to grow. Most lettuce plants need at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. It will still grow with a little less sunlight, but it will be longer to harvest and they may be a little leggy. We have successfully grown lettuce with about 3 hours of sun on our back patio that is covered with trees. We prefer to start the lettuce pots in a location about 5-6 hours and then move them to our patio once they have grown bit.
Just keep in mind that lettuce prefers full sun if you want to have the best yield. Partial sun is ok if you don’t mind waiting or you want to keep things simple. A good practice is to also keep them in the shade during the summer to help prevent the lettuce from bolting. Another bonus of growing lettuce in pots is you can easily move them around for this situation.
You can pretty much grow lettuce year round with some caveats. Lettuce plants will bolt or go to seed when the days are longer (think summertime) and the heat increases. This time of year is the signal for most varieties of lettuce plants to start reproducing. This is key to know because you may find that the lettuce starts to taste bitter as it gets hotter out. We move our plants in the shade or plan for this in our garden during this time.
It is recommended to plant them outdoors in the spring and fall seasons as this is the best time to get a long harvest. You can plant them in the summer if you look for certain varieties that say “slow to bolt” or “heat resistant”. They will still eventually bolt, but you may get a smaller harvest of them. You will know when they are not as edible when the lettuce leaves taste bitter. You may also see a stalk shoot up.
Here is a list of the different varieties of lettuce that you can plant. They are grouped in the 4 main varieties of lettuce: Leaf Lettuce, Romaine (Cos), Butterhead & Bibb, and Crisphead (Iceberg types). These types are also best for heirloom or open pollinated plantings to ensure you can save these seeds for planting future lettuce crops.
Ok, so you want to be like an astronaut and grow lettuce in pots. You selected some heirloom variety of lettuce from the 1800s. You bought your pot or container and filled it with some loamy soil. Your seeds have been broadcast and you were successful growing tasty lettuce greens. So what’s next.. Well, you can complete the circle of life by saving the lettuce seeds. The steps to save lettuce are really simple. Check out this seeds saving guide here.
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Jeremy Starke from Green Thumb Gardener gives you an update on the progress of growing carrots in a container. The actual carrots that were grown can be found here. Check out the original video of growing carrots in a container here. Jeremy goes over the entire process from selecting the best soil for growing carrots, selecting the correct container to plant carrots, and the actual planting of the tiny carrot seeds in the pots.
He shows you the 4-5 week progress update on growing carrots in a container. You get to see how large the carrot plant is and what the next steps are. Jeremy also discusses how to thin the carrot plants and some other optimal carrot growing container tips.
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