Fall lettuce - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by marcieluddek
July 21, 2010
I planted lettuce it was great. Now it is bitter. Will my existing lettuce plants taste good in the fall? Would it be better to plant new lettuce for the cooler weather fall crop?


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Answer from NGA
July 21, 2010

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Lettuce does turn bitter when grown in warm weather. I'd wait and plant seeds in mid-August for a fall crop. Your existing lettuce can turn bitter in the heat so try harvesting the leaves when they are small or if you are growing head lettuce, try harvesting when they are small (about softball size) instead of allowing to mature to standard size. This should reduce the bitterness.

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