How to Transplant Lettuce & How Deep

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Transplanting lettuce must be accomplished in a very specific way. Find out how to transplant lettuce as well as how deep 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 transplant lettuce and how deep. Transplanting lettuces is really easy. And there are many varieties available but they all pretty much transplant the same way. In fact when you go to the nursery you are bound to find a variety pack in a six pack. So you'll have three different types of lettuces in a six pack. And this technique works will all of them. So I'm demonstrating in a pot that's at least six inches deep. Planting in the ground works the same way. You just want to make sure you have at least six inches of soil depth for your lettuces. They have generally shallow roots but that's the minimum for what they need. So the first thing you want to do is take your six pack from your nursery and pop out the start from the pack. And then I'm basically going to flip it over into my hands like this so that I've got my fingers down at the root end of the plant. And then I'm going to tease the roots apart. I'm just going to tease the roots apart like this. Not too much, I don't want all the soil to fall away. But just want to give the roots the intention of growing out and down instead of around and around themselves. Next I'm going to plant them so I'm going to dig a hole. And I want to plant about six inches apart from the lettuce nearby. I'm digging a hole and then I'm going to drop my transplant in right up to the soil level that exists already on the transplant. Then back fill. Just scoot some of the soil back around like that. At this point you can compress the soil with your hands but I'd only do it a little bit. I actually prefer to let watering do the compression for me. So I'll have a container of water with a nice hose spigot on it. And I'll water gently and watch the soil settle as I water. I also like to add a little bit of kelp emulsion to the water because that will help ease transplant shock which can show up in the form of the leaves turning yellow or being droopy. And by adding kelp emulsion it's just a broad spectrum nutrient that will help revitalize the plant faster. Once again I'm Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd. And that was how to transplant lettuces and how deep.

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