Growing Lettuce Indoors - Knowledgebase Question

Byesville, OH
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Question by wardle7
October 1, 2000
I am planning on growing Lettuce indoor, under fluorescent lights.
Now I know from others that have done this, that low growing Mesclun varieties are relatively simple to grow, but what I'm wondering is whether I would be able to grow an Iceberg such as "summertime" in this way.
Do they need a deeper soil depth because of the size of the head?

Answer from NGA
October 1, 2000
You can grow most any kind of lettuce indoors under fluorescent lights, including Iceberg. Lettuce develops a fibrous root mass so plan on providing a soil depth of 8"-12" for the larger lettuce varieties. Keep the light source only a few inches from the tops of the plants (moving it up as the plants grow) to keep the heads compact and the tissues tender. Good luck with your project!

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