LETTUCE GROWING GUIDANCE
What To Expect (Day 1) :
Lettuce is a fast growing plant that is practically maintenance-free but drinks up water quite rapidly. Lettuce is made up of 95% water, so make sure to never allow your garden go dry. Keep in mind that you can harvest your lettuce for baby leaf once it reaches at least 4 inches in height or you can allow it to grow to a full lettuce head with larger leaves. You should begin to see baby heads of lettuce in just a few weeks!
Touchpoint 1 (Day 20) :
Your lettuce should now be approaching about 4 inches in height. You can either harvest your lettuce for baby leaf all at once or you can begin to trim leaves from the outer edges of the plant as it continues to grow. Periodically pruning and snipping away outer lettuce leaves promotes new growth in the crown (center leaves) of the lettuce head. To trim, snip only the outermost leaves of each plant at the base where they attach at the stem. New leaves will grow from the center of the lettuce, so make sure to avoid cutting the crown and pick leaves from different lettuce heads if possible.
Harvest (Day 45) :
Your lettuce should have now formed into a full head of lettuce. You can continue to harvest as little or as much lettuce as you’d like, but remember to only harvest lettuce immediately before you plan to consume it or the leaves will go limp. To harvest for continued regrowth, pinch or snip the outermost leaves of each plant at the base where they attach at the stem and work your way into the center. If you’d like to harvest all of your lettuce head at once, create a bundle and snip straight across the base of the plant. Keep in mind that this will not allow for any new growth and it will be time to replant your garden. Left minimally touched, your lettuce should remain at its current height and fullness to be kept on hand for whenever you’d like to harvest - just remember to continue to water your garden!