Can you grow lettuce in hot summer?

February 9, 2020 Off By idswater

Can you grow lettuce in hot summer?

Savvy gardeners may plant lettuce among other warm-season vegetables, such as tomatoes, so that by the time the lettuce is finished in early summer, the warm-season vegetables are beginning to take over the garden space. Lettuce grows best in a temperature range of about 45 to 75 degrees.

What lettuce grows well in summer?

Green Star, Magenta, Bronze Arrow Lose Leaf, Red Salad Bowl Oakleaf and Oakleaf Looseleaf Lettuce are all heat tolerant varieties that do well in late summer. Romaine lettuce is sometimes tricky to grow in the heat, although it is relatively heat tolerant.

How do you grow lettuce in cold weather?

Lettuce is tolerant of cold temperatures for short periods of time, although growth will slow down. To protect lettuce in frost prone areas, plant romaine or butterhead lettuce, which are the most cold-tolerant. When frost is predicted, cover the garden with sheets or towels to provide some protection.

Does lettuce like full sun?

The ideal lettuce growing location for spring and fall is in a spot that receives full sun. If you plan on growing lettuce during the summer or in warm planting zones, partial shade can provide protection from the heat.

How hot can lettuce tolerate?

Lettuce can tolerate a few days of temperatures from 80 to 85°F, provided that nights are cool. Lettuce seed will germinate at 35°F, but optimum germination is 70 to 75°F. If the plants are sufficiently hardened, they will withstand freezing.

Does lettuce regrow every year?

Yes, lettuce leaves will grow back after cutting but only if proper care and technique are used when cutting as all vegetable lettuce follow similar annual vegetable growth cycles.

How often should lettuce be watered?

Unless there is regular rainfall, lettuce must be watered deeply at least once a week- more frequently during periods of drought. Mulch with a layer of compost or clean straw to help the soil retain moisture. A drip-irrigation system is ideal.

What temperature is best for growing lettuce?

60 to 65°F.
Lettuce is adapted to cool growing conditions with the optimum temperatures for growth of 60 to 65°F. At 70 to 80°F, the plants flower and produce seed. Lettuce can tolerate a few days of temperatures from 80 to 85°F, provided that nights are cool.

When is the best time to grow lettuce?

Lettuce is a cool season crop and is best grown in either spring or fall when temperatures do not go to extremes. However, even though lettuce likes to grow during cool, damp days, lettuce seed germinates best in temperature around 70 degrees F.

Where is the best place to plant lettuce?

Place your lettuce plant near a sunny window or a fluorescent grow light. Lettuce plants grow best with direct sunlight. If you’re in a climate with very little sun, purchase a grow light from a plant nursery and position it about 12 inches (30 cm) overhead.

When to start lettuce indoors?

Plant in very early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Lettuce does not like hot weather and seeds won’t even germinate when the soil is too warm. Alternatively, you can start seed indoors 4-6 week before the last frost in your area.

Can water lettuce be kept indoors during winter?

In cold winter conditions water lettuce can be wintered over indoors in a sunny window. However, it needs warmth and humidity. This can be accomplished with a Water Garden Light Box; such as the one pictured here.