Romaine Lettuce Planting Tips Romaine Lettuce Planting Tips
Romaine lettuce is a long-leafed lettuce that provides more than 5 times the amount of Vitamin C that iceberg lettuce offers. It's low in calories and is considered to be the most nutritious of all the lettuces available. The plant takes about 70 to 75 days to mature and tends to have a better flavor if planted outside instead of in a greenhouse. It's also easy for the home gardener to grow if you follow these tips.
Spacing romaine lettuce correctly is crucial if you want a healthy harvest. Rows should be 18 inches apart and the final spacing of the plants should be about 12 inches apart.
Transplanting seedlings should be done when the temperature is cool, but not cold. Romaine plants prefer cool conditions and lots of moisture. If the days are hot and sunny, transplant your seedlings in the early evening hours. Keep the plants moist and water thoroughly every day for at least a week. Don't forget to fertilize.
Planting Romaine Lettuce Seeds
If you're planting the lettuce from seed, be sure to properly prepare the soil several weeks before actually planting. The plant prefers a pH of 6.2 to 6.8, so use organic materials (compost) and fertilizer to get the correct pH level.