You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of Homesteading Today!    
Homesteading Forum

Go Back   Homesteading Forum > Country Living Forums > Gardening & Plant Propagation

LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 03/28/09, 08:31 PM
whinnyninny's Avatar
Crazy about horses
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Texas Lake Country
Posts: 784
Why isn't my lettuce growing?

This is my first year trying to grow lettuce!

I planted it 2 weeks ago. It sprouted within a week, but for the last week it's just had the first pairt of leaves, nothing else, and hasn't gotten any bigger at all.

It's been in the 60's and 70's (80's one day) here, the bed is in full sun. Is this normal?
Reply With Quote
Old 03/28/09, 09:49 PM
Callieslamb's Avatar  
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 16,464
Have you fertilized it? Lettuce is a heavy feeder. It needs more nitrogen than some veggies do. Don't over fertilize - follow the package instructions on amounts.
Reply With Quote
Old 03/28/09, 10:04 PM
chickenista's Avatar
Original recipe!
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: NC foothills
Posts: 14,033
Yep.. this would be the time for a good dose of compost tea or a light spattering of compost throughout the bed and they should take off.
__________________ -
the farm blog -
the herbal blog + shop
Reply With Quote
Old 03/28/09, 10:05 PM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 716
For me it seems as if the lettuce pops up quickly but does take a little longer before you start seeing it getting bigger. I am trying to think of when I started mine over three weeks and I am now seeing the second leaves on a few but not all of them.
Reply With Quote
Old 03/28/09, 10:15 PM
mtnest's Avatar  
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Washington
Posts: 303
It also likes to stay moist so if it is in full sun make sure to give it a good drink about every other day.
Reply With Quote
Old 03/28/09, 10:43 PM
EDDIE BUCK's Avatar  
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Eastern N.C.
Posts: 8,840
All good answers,in my opinion, looking at it to often,too, seems to slow it down.I've started peeping out the window,cause I want it to hurry up so we can wilt it with vinegar and oil and put some in a plate beside some crispy bacon and golden brown corn Eddie Buck
Reply With Quote
Old 03/28/09, 11:02 PM
whinnyninny's Avatar
Crazy about horses
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Texas Lake Country
Posts: 784
It's in a raised bed with 1/3 compost (and 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 peat moss).

I like to check my garden every day to make sure it's doing all right... but maybe if I just ignore the areas where the lettuce is, it'll take off and start growing fast, huh?
Reply With Quote
Old 03/29/09, 12:36 AM
PoorLiLRichGirl's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Central Oklahoma
Posts: 115
I agree with the water/fertilizer folks. It's a hearty eater! Just give it some compost tea and blow it a few kisses. It'll be up before you know it!

Also, this cold snap we're having should make it a very good crop. Lettuce loves a good cold snooze before taking off and making you proud!
Reply With Quote
Old 03/30/09, 09:53 AM
Zone 9, Central Florida
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 196
Again Heavy Feeder, If you let it dry out for a day, it will take three days to catch up, I stuffed old hay around my lettuce as soon as it starts to come up, Keep it Moist and Fertile, and you will eat lettuce, Oh! it all will be ready to harvest with in three days of each other, Good Luck, Grady
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:07 AM.