lettuce - Knowledgebase Question

Castaic, Ca
Question by lynn2joni
August 13, 2009
I planted lettuce for the first time this year and it is bitter. i have 3 diiferent varieties and they are all bitter. Did I do something wrong?

Answer from NGA
August 13, 2009


When lettuce is overmature it gets bitter and since it prefers growing in cool spring and fall months, it can become overmature in a hurry during the summer months. Plan on sowing seeds in late summer for a fall harvest. I'm sure you'll see a great improvement in the flavor. With leaf lettuces you can begin harvesting the outer leaves as soon as they are 4 inches long. Pull off the outer leaves but allow the rest of the plant to grow. This way you can harvest over a long period of time and the leaves should be sweet and tender. Enjoy!

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