Lettuce is one of our favorite garden vegetables because it is far superior—in both taste and vitamin A content—to the store-bought alternative!
Preparing for your journey
- Collect yourself. Bring your kit into focus and familiarize yourself with its contents.
- Pick a good location. Lettuce will grow best in a location that gets 4 to 6 hours of full sun daily.
- If you’re planning on cooking with these plants, plant them in clean soil, use organic fertilizers, don’t use insecticides, and grow them away from driveways and busy streets so that exhaust won’t settle on the plants.
How to plant lettuce
- Sow the seeds. Lay the seeds on the soil bed and cover. Plant at least 5 seeds about ¼ to ½ inch deep into a single pot.
- Keep it moist. Leaving the pot completely open will allow to much heat to enter and moisture to escape, causing fewer seeds or no seeds to germinate. To prevent this, use a clear plastic bag or wrap, spray the inside with water, and use it to cover the pot. Secure it with a rubber band so the seeds can properly germinate. When your seeds germinate, remove the plastic bag.
- Our Signature Potting Mix is designed to retain moisture, but you must still water your plant at least twice a day. During the dry seasons, you may water your plant freely.
- Make sure the water reaches the roots! Place a tray or saucer under your pot so you can water your plant without spillage.
- Your lettuce leaves will tell you when they need watering. If the leaves are wilting, sprinkle them anytime.
- Thin your seedlings. Give each plant room to grow. Remove plants that are growing too close together, leaving one plant left to grow in a single pot. You may discard the others or you may transplant them to another pot. Note that transplanting them may damage the roots of the plant, lowering its survival rate.
- Only perform thinning after the emergence of 3 to 4 true leaves.
Feeding your lettuce
- Fertilize your plant. Fertilizers help your plant fight harmful pathogens and become its best self. When your lettuce germinates or sprouts in about 5-10 days, use Morning Miracle and Bloom Serum.
- Bury 1 Morning Miracle caplet in the soil close to your seedlings twice a week. Be careful not to destroy their roots.
- Apply 5 drops of Bloom Serum on your plant twice a week. You may drop the serum on the leaves and flowers to ensure healthy growth.
- Water your plant generously after dosages of Morning Miracle and Bloom Serum. Our signature fertilizers are highly concentrated!
Tip: Our signature plant food are rich with live micro-organisms. Store them in a cool dark, and dry area. Read more about our signature plant food here!
How to harvest lettuce
- Harvest your lettuce when the leaves are big enough to eat. You may start with the outer leaves. Leave the inner ones so they can develop. You may need to wait 6-8 weeks for your lettuce to fully mature.
- It’s best to harvest lettuce in the morning before leaves have been exposed to sun.
How to store lettuce
- Leave the lettuce leaves slightly damp. The best way to do this is to wash the leave, drain them using a salad spinner, and cover them with damp paper towels before putting them in the refrigerator. Make sure to squeeze out the excess water—you want it to be damp, not soaking.
The journey of planting is best enjoyed with others. Teach your family and friends. Let them taste your harvest.