Fall Planting of Lettuce - Knowledgebase Question

Knoxville, TN
Question by rerchk84
August 14, 1998
I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. What is the ideal time for me to plant lettuce seeds for a Fall crop, or have I already missed the time?


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Answer from NGA
August 14, 1998

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It's not too late! Leaf lettuce (as opposed to heading types) matures to a harvestable size fairly quickly--some types in as little as 45 days. I'd go ahead and do a small planting now, then do another planting every two weeks for the next 6 weeks. Lettuce thrives in cool weather and can even take a light frost--so you'll should be able to harvest tender, young lettuce well into late fall.

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