Vegetables and Fruit forum: Planted Lettuce Plants Too Early

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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Sep 3, 2017 7:38 AM CST
I was inspired after listening to a variety of podcasts to pick up a few plants for cooler weather eating. I'm in Virginia Beach, Zone 7B. I planted a few packs of lettuce plants 3 days ago with the hope of pulling leaves off several for dinner salads. Looking at the when to plant timetable here, I should've only planted seeds then. Our nursery was selling those along with hardier greens, chards, cabbages, broccoli, and a few herbs. I just assumed they would not have been in the nursery if they weren't fit to be planted. Are my lettuces doomed?
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 3, 2017 9:22 AM CST
I think they will do fine, and you'll enjoy some tasty salads soon.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 3, 2017 10:53 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, @nestof3 .

I agree that they should be fine; lettuce will keep producing for quite a while if you just harvest the outer leaves as they get large enough -- especially with cooler weather coming. Spring lettuce will often "bolt" (go to seed and become bitter) as the weather turns hot. Smiling
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Sep 3, 2017 11:04 AM CST
Concur: they should be fine. Might need more water than normal if warm dry weather occurs.
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tx_flower_child
Sep 11, 2017 7:10 PM CST
Yep. You're going to be eating a lot of greens.

Is your set up attached to the wall or free-standing?
Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Sep 11, 2017 7:21 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:Yep. You're going to be eating a lot of greens.

Is your set up attached to the wall or free-standing?


I'm ready. 🤣 My husband makes a huge salad for lunch every day, and we often have salad for dinner. Next time I'll grow from seed. I want to eventually have a few cute annuals tucked in there as well. The lettuces came with so many cells! I even gave some to a friend.

It's free-standing.

Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Sep 11, 2017 7:22 PM CST
This is from today.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Sep 11, 2017 7:37 PM CST
Looks great! I just planted my seedlings in a raised bed today and now I'm jealous of your good crop. Lovey dubby hope you guys are grazing from the outer leaves.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 11, 2017 7:43 PM CST
Dawn, your lettuce looks beautiful! Thumbs up
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tx_flower_child
Sep 11, 2017 8:00 PM CST
Indeed.

Be sure to follow Weedwhacker's advice. Then you'll have what is known as 'cut and come again'. Or something like that.

And I'm sitting here eating a salad with store bought greens. Sigh.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 11, 2017 8:39 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:Indeed.

Be sure to follow Weedwhacker's advice. Then you'll have what is known as 'cut and come again'. Or something like that.

And I'm sitting here eating a salad with store bought greens. Sigh.


Me too! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Sep 11, 2017 9:37 PM CST
Thank you! I'm kind of excited because I've never grown anything edible this time of year (well, pansies, but we didn't eat them). I even have ripe strawberries. 🎉🎉🎉

We had to finish up the store-bought stuff! 🤣 Tomorrow night will be leftovers and a giant salad.
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tx_flower_child
Sep 11, 2017 10:24 PM CST
If you want company, I make a mean salad! Always make one of those 'everything but the kitchen sink' salads.

RueBarbie
Sep 26, 2017 10:03 AM CST
I've had really good luck this year growing lettuce under shade cloth during August/Sept. Usually it's too hot and dry, but under the cloth, they have absolutely prospered. We tend to not have too many really hot days however. Only a few in the 90s.

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Name: Dawn Keckley
Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 7b)
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nestof3
Sep 26, 2017 8:39 PM CST
Update: The lettuces are doing quite well. We’ve been eating from them daily!
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Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
Sep 26, 2017 11:24 PM CST
They look gorgeous, Dawn! Lovey dubby
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 27, 2017 7:11 AM CST
I agree -- "doing well" is a bit of an understatement! And the different lettuces make a really nice display in the tiered planter Thumbs up
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Sep 27, 2017 9:04 AM CST
Weedwhacker said: And the different lettuces make a really nice display in the tiered planter Thumbs up


They are pretty... who needs flowers!?!! That is lovely! Lovey dubby
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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tx_flower_child
Oct 3, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Giving away for free, no trade, lettuce seeds. Some good stuff. Send me a tree-mail if interested.

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