Leggy lettuce - Knowledgebase Question

Charlotte, No
Question by sudhazepp
April 29, 2010
A newbie question:I transplanted some small lettuce plants a couple of months ago into a window box on my apartment patio.They're all leggy now,growing very tall and limp.I water them well everyday.What can I do to make them healthy?I live in Charlotte,NC.

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2010


Unless the soil is dry, you shouldn't need to water everyday. In fact, if you keep the soil too wet it can drive out the oxygen and your plants can suffocate! So, before you water, stick your finger down into the soil. If it is still moist one inch below the soil surface you won't need to water. If it feels dry, it's time to water. Leggy plants usually indicate a need for more light. Lettuce will grow with only 3-4 hours of direct sunshine, preferably morning sun rather than hot afternoon sunshine. Try moving the plants so they're getting just a few hours of morning sun but shade from afternoon sun and water only when the soil starts to dry out. I think this will help your plants perk up. Hope so!

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