Lactuca sativa



Biennial edible herb grown as an annual. Leaves are sessile, varying from ovate to broadly linear, and entire to pinnatifid, depending upon the variety. The leaves form a basal rosette prior to flowering. Flowers are pale yellow.


Harvest after 4-6 weeks. Used in salads.


Most varieties prefer temperatures between 12-20 degrees C and protection from frosts and extreme temperatures. Protect the root zone from overheating. Grow in fertile soil. Nitrogen fertiliser and liquid fertilisers will encourage growth. Prefers a soil pH of 6.0-7.0 Seeds are best raised in a sandy mix prior to planting out to avoid damping off. Avoid watering the leaves on hot days.




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'Home Vegetable Growing' and 'Commercial Vegetable Production' courses through Australian Correspondence Schools, see 'Commercial Hydroponics' on CDROM from Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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