Lettuce Transplanting Tips
Transplanting lettuce is usually a necessary task when it is grown in a container or hanging basket. Transplanting excessive lettuce seedlings is a viable alternative to throwing away seedlings when you thin the crop. Greenhouse lettuce—lettuce raised in a greenhouse—will undoubtedly have to be transplanted from its nursery-purchased container into a more appropriate container for greenhouse growing.
Outdoor grown lettuce seedlings may require transplanting if they grow too close together or if space in the garden is needed for higher priority plants. Transplanting lettuce within the garden or indoors is a fairly delicate process that requires attention and care. This article gives you several useful tips that you should bear in mind the next time you need to transplant lettuce.
Transplanting Lettuce Out of Nursery Containers
- Make sure that the permanent container for your lettuce is prepared for transplanting before you remove the lettuce seedling from its container.
- Dig a hole in the permanent container that is at least one inch deeper and two inches wider than the pot you are transplanting from.
- Position your left hand around the base of the lettuce seedling; where foliage meets soil. Slowly turn over the nursery pot and allow the lettuce seedling to fall into your left hand. If this is not immediate, massage the container with your right hand to encourage freedom.
- Water in your lettuce plants after transplanting with a largely diluted liquid fertilizer.
Transplanting Lettuce Seedlings from a Container or Flower Bed
- Prepare the area where you will be transplanting your seedlings. If you’re transplanting a series of seedlings during thinning into another container, making a series of holes in the soil with your index finger should be sufficient preparation.
- If you’re transplanting the lettuce seedlings into another area of your garden you will have to prepare the soil. Soak the entire area where your seedlings will be transplanted with your garden hose. Give the water at least ten minutes to percolate before digging a series of holes in the dirt for the transplants.
- For transplantation during thinning one only has to gently pluck each seedling from its original container and place it root-down into its permanent container.
- If you are transplanting larger heads of lettuce outdoors you must take care during the transplanting process because of the established roots. Use a hand shovel to dig around the circumference of the lettuce plant. Make sure that you keep the blade of your shovel at a 90 degree angel with the soil so as not to sever any roots.
- After cementing the lettuce seedlings in the ground by filling their holes with nutrient rich soil, you should water the container or soil deeply. Do not saturate the soil, rather, water the soil more than you normally would to encourage air bubbles to rise and soil down.
- Fill in any indentations on the soil where supplementary soil is needed in order for the plant to fit naturally in the dirt.