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CUT and COME AGAIN LETTUCE MIXES | How to Grow Leaf Lettuce

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Garden Lettuces are an easy-to-grow staple in most gardens. They need well-drained, moderately fertile soils and a sunny location.

Leaf Lettuces are Easy to Grow…..and super nutritious!

LETTUCES can grow just about anywhere. Leaf lettuce blends and mixes offer the advantage of being able to “Cut” them and then allow them to regrow or “Come Again” for future harvesting without having to be replanted. 

Cut and Come Again Lettuce Mixes

LEAF LETTUCES:

They add a nice fresh addition to salads, vegetable trays and side dishes plus offer essential nutrients to your daily diet.

Nutrients in Red and Green Leaf Lettuces

Vitamins & Minerals in Red Leaf Lettuce

Vitamins & Minerals in Green Leaf Lettuce

Red and Green Cut and Come Again Lettuces
Cut and Come Again Lettuce Varities

The main advantage of growing leaf lettuces verses head lettuce is that leaf lettuce varieties offer a longer harvest time.  “Cut” these small leaves about 3 inches above the ground and then allowed them time to regrow. This regrowth is the “Come Again” portion of the growing phase.   

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Easy Steps on How To Grow Lettuce:

The main advantage of growing leaf lettuces verses head lettuce is that leaf lettuce varieties offer a longer harvest time.  “Cut” these small leaves about 3 inches above the ground and then allowed them time to regrow. This regrowth is the “Come Again” portion of the growing phase.       

Easy Steps on How To Grow Lettuce

WE WILL COVER:

  1. Soils
  2. Sunlight
  3. Temperature
  4. Planting instructions
  5. Cold Hardiness
  6. Days to Germinate
  7. Thinning
  8. Varieties 
  9. Days to Maturity
  10. Harvesting
  11. Storage Tips
  12. Plus, a few fresh Garden Leaf Lettuce Recipes!
  13. Container Gardening and Greenhouses

Find Your Zone:
FREE USDA Hardiness Zone Planting Guide

1. SOILS:

  • All Leaf Lettuce need well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5 (adjust to higher pH with wood ash or garden limestone)
  • Moist soils but not waterlogged
  • Garden Bed, Containers or Pots all work well
  • Just make sure to have at least 10 inches of soil in your containers for nice root development
  • Apply Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer  or compost

Depending on your geographic location, soils vary tremendously and need different soil amendments.

It is easy to find out how to test your soil with this inexpensive soil tester from Amazon.

2. SUNLIGHT:

Lettuces love full sun but can tolerate a little bit of shade; 6 Hours of full sun should be enough for a healthy crop.

3. TEMPERATURE:

Lettuces prefer cooler to moderate temperatures. 

They do not tolerate hot weather so plant as early as possible and then again in the late summer or early fall for later harvest.

Sow your fall planting approximately 40 days before scheduled frosts for your area.

4. PLANTING:

Leaf Lettuces need to be planted early in spring as soon as the soil can be worked. 

Specifics on Planting Leaf Lettuce:

  1. Plant in single rows
  2. Cover with 1/8 inch dirt and tap firm
  3. Seeds should be planted 2″ apart in rows
  4. Rows should be 18″ apart
  5. 12 seeds per 1 foot
  6. Hand Weed or Mulch to suppress weeds

Leaf Lettuces are fast growing so keep soil moist.

French Watering Cans are especially useful.

♦Please Note: add this information to your Gardening Journal.

LEARN MORE HERE ABOUT SUCCESSION PLANTINGS

5. COLD HARDINESS:

Plant as early as the soil can be worked in the spring. Leaf Lettuce tolerates cool weather very well. Just watch for prolonged cold, damp weather seeds will not germination.

6. DAYS to GERMINATE: approximately days

Leaf Lettuces typically germinate in approximately 7 to 9 days

7. THINNING: 

Only thin plants if the seedlings are too close together. Seedlings should be approximately 3″ apart as they grow. Transplant small seedlings if you have any voids or open areas in your rows.

Cut and Come Again Lettuce Mixes are perfect for Baby Greens. The first harvest begins in about 21 to 28 days. After the initial “cut”, the new lettuces will begin growing. Watch for them to be ready in about 2 weeks for small leaf lettuce or 3 weeks for larger leaves.    

Red and Green Leaf Lettuces growing in a garden

8. VARIETIES of LEAF LETTUCES:

I recommend the following varieties of lettuces. These work well for mixes, too! Reds and Greens make for a lively lettuce patch.

If you grow a lot of lettuces, then purchase individual varieties and mix them yourself. This way you will be creating your own cut and come again lettuce mixes!

9. DAYS to MATURITY: 

Dates vary but you can pick mature in approximately days

Leaf Lettuce mature at different rates due to the variety but generally can start to be harvest in approximately 35 to 45 days. I pick my head romaine as leaf lettuces or you can wait until they form a full head. 

Baby lettuce leaves may be ready as early as 21 days! These are tender and delicious!

10. HOW to HARVEST: 

  • Begin picking your leaf lettuce as soon it is a nice size for salads and sandwiches.
  • Cut the entire row or pick individual leaves. Either way works fine
  • Rinse lettuce and spin in a Salad Spinner. Pour out water and store in spinner in refrigerator

11. STORAGE IDEAS: 

  • Wash and Store for fresh eating
  • Lettuce does not freeze well 
  • Store in a spinner or crisper drawer in the refrigerator
  • Dehydrate and grind for fine powder to add nutrition to soup, stews or sprinkle as a topping for potatoes or rice

12. RECIPE IDEAS for Leaf Lettuce:

Baby Leaf Lettuce with Olives & Watermelon

Leaf Lettuce with Parmesan Crisps

Roll washes leaf lettuce around cream cheese & fresh chives for a delightful appetizer

Do Not Forget to:

  • Simple Eating Fresh!
  • Makes Wonderful Fresh Healthy Garden Salads
  • Beautiful for garnishes plus work very well on Vegetable Trays!

FRESH MIXED GREENS are Perfect for Cut & Come Again Lettuce Mixes

Fresh Lettuces are hard to beat for quality and taste. This type of fresh lettuce is perfect for market gardens or farm stands.

Plan on Harvesting Lettuce just before washing and eating; so it is at its very best! It is super fresh and super nutritious.

13. CONTAINER GARDENS & GREENHOUSES:

Leaf Lettuces of the Cut and Come Again varieties work well for container gardening and in a greenhouse setting.

I have planted several containers of a variety of leaf lettuce in succession plantings. Succession planting is sowing seeds every 1 to 2 weeks to increase your harvest period.  

Planters of lettuce growing in a greenhouse.
 Cut and Come Again Lettuce planted in the Greenhouse

HOW to GROW LEAF LETTUCE | Cut and Come Again Lettuce Mixes

Cut and Come Again Lettuce
Active Time 25 days
Total Time 25 days
Difficulty Easy to Plant and Grow

Materials

  • Lettuce Seeds

Tools

  • Trowel and Hoe
  • Gloves

Instructions

1. SOILS:

  • All Leaf Lettuce need well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5 (adjust to higher pH with wood ash or garden limestone)
  • Moist soils but not waterlogged
  • Garden Bed, Containers or Pots all work well
  • Just make sure to have at least 10 inches of soil in your containers for nice root development
  • Apply Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer  or compost

 

Depending on your geographic location, soils vary tremendously and need different soil amendments.

It is easy to find out how to test your soil with this inexpensive soil tester from Amazon.

  

2. SUNLIGHT:

Lettuces love full sun but can tolerate a little bit of shade; 6 Hours of full sun should be enough for a healthy crop.

 

3. TEMPERATURE:

Lettuces prefer cooler to moderate temperatures. 

They do not tolerate hot weather so plant as early as possible and then again in the late summer or early fall for later harvest.

Sow your fall planting approximately 40 days before scheduled frosts for your area.

 

4. PLANTING:

Leaf Lettuces need to be planted early in spring as soon as the soil can be worked.

 

Specifics on Planting Leaf Lettuce:

  1. Plant in single rows
  2. Cover with 1/8 inch dirt and tap firm
  3. Seeds should be planted 2" apart in rows
  4. Rows should be 18" apart
  5. 12 seeds per 1 foot
  6. Hand Weed or Mulch to suppress weeds

 

Leaf Lettuces are fast growing so keep soil moist.

 

♦Please Note: add this information to your Gardening Journal.

 

5. COLD HARDINESS:

Plant as early as soil can be worked in the spring. Leaf Lettuce tolerates cool weather very well. Just watch for prolonged cold, damp weather seeds will not germination.

 

6. DAYS to GERMINATE: approximately 7 days

Leaf Lettuces typically germinate in approximately 7 to 9 days

 

7. THINNING: 

Only thin plants if the seedlings are too close together. Seedlings should be approximately 3" apart as they grow. Transplant small seedlings if you have any voids or open areas in your rows.

Cut and Come Again Lettuce Mixes are perfect for Baby Greens. The first harvest begins in about 21 to 28 days. After the initial "cut", the new lettuces will begin growing. Watch for them to be ready in about 2 weeks for small leaf lettuce or 3 weeks for larger leaves.   


8. VARIETIES of LEAF LETTUCES:

I recommend the following varieties of lettuces. These work well for mixes, too! Reds and Greens make for a lively lettuce patch.

  • Red Salad Bowl
  • Red Romaine
  • Green Romaine
  • Black Seeded Simpson
  • Red Sails
  • Green Endive
  • Mesclun Mixes
  • Gourmet Salad Blend

 If you grow a lot of lettuces, then purchase individual varieties and mix them yourself. This way you will be creating your own cut and come again lettuce mixes!

 

9. DAYS to MATURITY: 35 to 45 days

Dates vary but you can pick mature in approximately days

Leaf Lettuce mature at different rates due to the variety but generally can start to be harvest in approximately 35 to 45 days. I pick my head romaine as leaf lettuces or you can wait until they form a full head. 

Baby lettuce leaves may be ready as early as 21 days! These are tender and delicious!

 

10. HOW to HARVEST: 

  • Begin picking your leaf lettuce as soon it is a nice size for salads and sandwiches.
  • Cut entire row or pick individual leaves. Either way works fine
  • Rinse lettuce and spin in a Salad Spinner. Pour out water and store in spinner in refrigerator

 

11. STORAGE IDEAS: 

  • Wash and Store for fresh eating
  • Lettuce does not freeze well 
  • Store in spinner or crisper drawer in refrigerator
  • Dehydrate and grind for fine powder to add nutrition to soup, stews or sprinkle as a topping for potatoes or ric

 

12. RECIPE IDEAS for Leaf Lettuce:

Baby Leaf Lettuce with Olives & Watermelon

Leaf Lettuce with Parmesan Crisps

Roll washes leaf lettuce around cream cheese & fresh chives for a delightful appetizer

Do Not Forget to:

  • Simple Eating Fresh!
  • Makes Wonderful Fresh Healthy Garden Salads
  • Beautiful for garnishes plus work very well on Vegetable Trays!

 

FRESH MIXED GREENS

Fresh Lettuces are hard to beat for quality and taste. This type of fresh lettuce is perfect for market gardens or farm stands.

Plan on Harvesting Lettuce just before washing and eating; so it is at its very best! It is super fresh and super nutritious.

 COMPANION PLANTING for LEAF LETTUCES:

Lettuces love Brassicas, Carrots, Cucumbers, Onions, Radishes & Tomatoes but they DO NOT like Beans, Celery or Parsley

 

13. CONTAINER GARDENS & GREENHOUSES:

Leaf Lettuces of the Cut and Come Again varieties work well for container gardening and in a greenhouse setting.

I have planted several containers of a variety of leaf lettuce in succession plantings. Succession planting is a way to spread your sowing of seeds every 1 to 2 weeks to increase your harvest period. 

 How to Grow Leaf Lettuce is part of the How to Grow Series and first appeared on OriginalHomesteading.com

 

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COMPANION PLANTING for LEAF LETTUCES:

Lettuces love Brassicas, Carrots, Cucumbers, Onions, Radishes & Tomatoes but they DO NOT like Beans, Celery or Parsley

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