Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Nevada Lettuce

Nevada Lettuce Heads

Nevada Lettuce is what I would consider special for my part of the country. It can tolerate extreme heat compared to other varieties of lettuce. Mine was able to survive 90°F and higher conditions without bolting. It's very similar to other leaf varieties of lettuce, but it will taste a little bitter once you end up harvesting it. The bitterness is not overwhelming though, and the plant is a good choice for gardens that have climates like the state of Nevada. Although I haven't tried growing it in cold weather, it probably grows just as well as any other lettuce variety for the season.

Annual or Perennial?: Annual
Germination time: 5-10 days
Days until maturity: 50-55 days
Light requirements: Full Sun (6+ hrs) to Partial Shade (4-6 hrs)
Plant size: Small
Spacing: 6"-8"
Temperature:Cool and Warm
Difficulty: Easy
Traits: Can withstand warm summers (90°F) and tipburn
Companion plants: N/A
Special needs: Despite being able to withstand the summer heat, shade is good for the super hot days.

When to plant: Grow this variety of lettuce year round in warm climates. Plant during summer in cool climates.

How to grow: Plant seeds directly or sow indoors for transplanting. Can be grow in soil and in hydroponic systems.

How to harvest: Cut leaves as needed once the plant has at least 5 decent sized leaves. Cut whole plant 2 inches above the base for cut and come again harvest.

Photos:

Nevada Lettuce Seeds
Seeds
Nevada Lettuce seedling
Seedling/Start
Nevada Lettuce 2 weeks old
2 weeks
Nevada Lettuce 4 weeks old
4 weeks
Nevada Lettuce 5 weeks old
5-6 weeks
Nevada Lettuce harvested
Harvested Head
Nevada Lettuce leaves
More harvested leaves
Cut and Come again
Cut and come again
Nevada Lettuce bolting
Bolting
Nevada Lettuce flowerstalk
Flower stalk

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