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Post  TexasAggie on 2/14/2015, 10:39 pm

I have some leaf lettuce in one of my squares, and I have never grown some. Do I pull up the entire plant are harvest the individual leafs?
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Post  happycamper on 2/14/2015, 11:10 pm

Hi TexasAggie,

I suggest harvesting the outer leaves.  The plant will continue to grow and produce more leaves up until the time it bolts (wants to go to seed and turns bitter).  Enjoy that fresh lettuce!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/15/2015, 8:36 am

+1!
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Post  TexasAggie on 2/15/2015, 2:57 pm

@happycamper wrote:Hi TexasAggie,

I suggest harvesting the outer leaves.  The plant will continue to grow and produce more leaves up until the time it bolts (wants to go to seed and turns bitter).  Enjoy that fresh lettuce!
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Post  brianj555 on 11/27/2017, 6:08 pm

Any idea why so leggy?
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Post  sanderson on 11/27/2017, 9:53 pm

Not enough sun in this area?

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 11/27/2017, 11:08 pm

Looking at the accuweather weather history for Gulfport, MS, it looks like the first week of November had a week of temperatures above 75*F during the day, and above 60*F at night. Not sure how close that is to the weather you got, but if it is, your lettuce might be bolting early even though the temperatures are fine now. What variety of lettuce is it?
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Post  sanderson on 11/28/2017, 2:08 am

I didn't even consider bolting. Just noticed that my oregano is flowering. Shocked The weather has been delightful until tonight.

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Post  brianj555 on 11/28/2017, 9:07 am

@sanderson wrote:Not enough sun in this area?

Well the lettuce has been shaded by my burlap fort I have made to protect the tomato plants from frost. The weather is forecast to be warming up for the next week unless something changes, so I took the burlap down in hopes that more sun will get through. both varieties are shaded by the tomato plants though.
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Post  brianj555 on 11/28/2017, 9:09 am

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Looking at the accuweather weather history for Gulfport, MS, it looks like the first week of November had a week of temperatures above 75*F during the day, and above 60*F at night. Not sure how close that is to the weather you got, but if it is, your lettuce might be bolting early even though the temperatures are fine now. What variety of lettuce is it?
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The variety pictured is "Romaine", but I also have "butter (something) on the other side of the box. That variety seems to be doing a little better than the romaine. The Romaine is on the north side of the box and the butter is on the south.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 11/30/2017, 11:29 pm

There are heat resistant varieties of lettuce that you might want to look into for next year (I wouldn't bother right now, with the temperatures dropping.) Butterheads are, generally speaking, more heat tolerant than Romaines. But there are heat-resistant/slow-bolting Romaine varieties out there if you look. I'm more focused on cold-resistant with being more northerly, but for heat-resistance I've been impressed by the crisphead lettuce Nevada - it performed pretty well when I planted my last round of lettuce before the summer heat hit.
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Post  toledobend on 12/3/2017, 3:12 pm

If you keep cutting off the bolting stems, does it keep the lettuce from getting bitter?
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 12/4/2017, 8:42 pm

@toledobend wrote:If you keep cutting off the bolting stems, does it keep the lettuce from getting bitter?
Pretty sure it doesn't, because it doesn't stop the bolting process; it will keep trying to send out more stems. At least that what I recall happening when I tried.  -- I'm not very sensitive to the bitter flavor in lettuce though, so I can't comment specifically on that.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/5/2017, 4:26 pm

@toledobend wrote:If you keep cutting off the bolting stems, does it keep the lettuce from getting bitter?

Nah. But if you grow Rouge d' Hiver it still tastes fine after bolting...at least that's my experience. It's my go to lettuce now.

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