Darrow M. Watt

All you need to know about growing lettuce in your garden


Choose among leaf, butterhead, romaine (cos) and crisphead (also known as "iceberg") lettuces. Start seeds in flats indoors about 4 weeks before planting time; or buy transplants. Set out transplants (or sow seed directly in the garden) in early spring; make successive plantings or sowings until daytime temperatures reach 75 degrees to 80 degrees F/24 degrees to 27 degrees C. Plant again in late summer and early autumn for fall crops.


  • Annual 
  • Summer 1-7, 10, 11; cool-season, 8, 9, 12-24 
  • Sun on coast, light midday shade inland 
  • Regular water

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