Tips For Growing Lettuce Indoors
Growing lettuce indoors is not as difficult as you might think. Growing small, growing heads of fresh lettuce indoors is actually easy, but growing salad mix or young leaves of lettuce indoors is the only way to go! In just over 30 days you could be producing a fresh salad made from completely organic leaves you have grown yourself! Let’s take a look at how to start using your new herb garden for your favorite herbs and salad ingredients.
First, decide where to grow your lettuce. Once you have chosen the location, make sure you get the right amount of sunlight and water to grow it. You should also think about where you will place it, in your home or in your garage, etc. If your garage is cold and windy you might want to plant it outside but if you are lucky enough to live near a window where the sun hits your plants every day, that is a good place. If you have your garden right in your home, there will be many different options available to you when choosing where to grow your lettuce. For example, your kitchen window might allow good sun exposure for your plants.
Light is one of the most important elements of growing a healthy and colorful vegetable. There are a variety of factors that determine the amount of light needed for a particular type of lettuce. Lettuce is different than many other vegetables because of its narrow leaves and large dark green foliage. Its narrow leafs makes it hard for most plants to receive full sun. Some plants may even receive partial sunlight but not have good growing conditions.
In order to grow lettuce indoor, you must provide it with a lot of light during the day and not too much at night. One tip to help your plants grow better is to let them stay in their pot on a sunny windowsill in the day and take them out at night so you can enjoy the bright light they provide at night. You can use a thermometer to determine the amount of light your plants receive.
Different types of lettuce prefer different temperatures and different amounts of light. You will need to do some research to find out which varieties grow best in your area. Some areas are quite shady, while others are very sunny. Some people like to grow lettuce in shaded areas where the temperature stays between sixty and eighty degrees Fahrenheit. while others like their indoor spaces to be more temperate.
Once you know what kind of climate your plants need, you will need to figure out how much light they need each day to grow well. Many plants do well in indirect sunlight. If you can get their roots in the shade and get their roots in the soil at the same time, you will get full sunlight all day. You should avoid direct sunlight to avoid freezing of your vegetables. In fact, try to position your pots directly under a window with shaded windowsills to ensure your lettuce gets full light all day long.
After your pots of leaves are ready, you need to put them in the pot for the winter. Make sure you remove any wilting leaves first before placing them in the pot for the winter. They will quickly become moldy if kept in the shade during winter. Keep in mind that your lettuce needs to get enough sun for each plant to grow. During the summer season, just water the roots and allow them to drain completely if you expect them to be green and healthy again in the spring. If you have a frost-free area in your area, it can be a good idea to cut back on the water in the summer months to prevent wilting.
In the fall, you will have to water the plants again to get the plants ready for the next season. For the best results, you should water them during the entire day or until the water runs out from the container.