How to Grow Sun Tolerant Lettuce

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Lettuce grows best in the cool weather. Find out how you can grow sun tolerant lettuce with help from the founder of Gardenerd in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Christy Wilhelmi from Gardenerd. And this is how to grow sun tolerant lettuce. Lettuce grows best in the cool weather. And it sometimes well often times will bolt to seed in the summer. So choosing the right variety if you are grow in warm weather makes all the difference in the world. You can choose slow bolting varieties like crisp heads and cos varieties. Cos is spelled c-o-s. And that's when you see it in a seed catalog that's usually indicating a romaine type lettuce. Cabbage heads like iceberg also are really heat tolerant as well. So you want to try varieties that are bred specifically to resist heat and bolt slowly. So things like Ruage D'Hiver is a good variety. And Little Gem is also a nice variety to try out. Paris White and then there's of course a slew of hybrids that you can buy as well. Now F-1is the little indication that lets you know in a seed catalog that it's a hybrid. So growing these lettuces are just like growing any other. You follow the instructions on the seed packet. And basically you are going to plant, plant the seeds about a half an inch to an inch deep. About six inches apart. And when you get in the sun with them you probably want to cover them with shade cloth. Which you can do by placing stakes on the sides or you know even just draping the lettuce with the shade cloth all by itself. And then the water can be poured right through the shade cloth and your lettuce will grow and bolt to seed as quickly. I'm Christy Wilhelmi with Gardenerd and this was how to grow sun tolerant lettuce.


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