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Post  JackieB999 2/9/2013, 2:06 pm

Hey SFGers... I bought a flat of 9 red leaf lettuce seedlings from Lowe's. I was excited to find it because I couldnt find any seeds. I planted 5 seedlings in one container and 4 in the other. They were planted with the same batch of MM and have always sat next to eachother like the pic.

Does anyone have a reason why one is so big, healthy and green while the other pot is small and mostly red? If there were different types of lettuce in the flat accidentally... what are the chances that I would get the division precisely correct? thinking

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Post  quiltbea 2/9/2013, 2:20 pm

If the label just said 'red leaf lettuce' then I suggest you have a couple of varieties there. There are several different red lettuces with color splashes determined by variety.
Whatever the reason, enjoy them.
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Post  Kelejan 2/9/2013, 2:50 pm

Come on someone, please do the maths and work out the odds of 9 plants being put in separate pots, 3 of one and 6 of another different colours.

Perhaps the two pots had slightly different potting mixtures?
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Post  camprn 2/9/2013, 2:56 pm

The planting is a bit crowded. 2-3 plants in a bucket is probably better spacing. It could be that the growing medium was not well mixed. Who knows, they all look healthy. I would topdress with compost and water well.

Red leaf lettuce leaves get greener with maturity.

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Post  JackieB999 2/9/2013, 3:12 pm

Camp... I actually have some rabbit poo on it's way to my house and I'm going to add some to the smaller pot. I think plantoid said that rabbit poo is like rocket fuel... so I found some bounce

I put 4 in one container because Mel said we coud do 4 to a square, and the 5th one I just stuck in the middle of the other pot. Too many? The big lush container actually has the 5 plants in it.
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Post  quiltbea 2/9/2013, 3:18 pm

If you are going to 'cut and come again' with your leaf lettuces, that's a fine layout. They won't take much room. I've put 4 or 5 per pot myself. Cut them back young and you should get 4 or 5 harvests per plant. When it starts getting hot out, just place them in the shade thru the worst heat of the day.
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