All Year Round Lettuce
Lactuca sativa 'All Year Round'
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This plant has no fragrance
All Year Round Lettuce Overview
All Year Round is a heading butter lettuce. It is generally more resistant to bolting during the hot summer months. As its name suggests, this is a lettuce that can be grown throughout the year, though it will require protection with a cloche or cold frame in the cool areas.
Common problems with All Year Round Lettuce
Lettuce can be bothered by aphids. Minor infestations can be washed off and heavier populations can be controlled by growing nasturtiums as trap plant near your lettuce. Look out for diseases like rots and remove as soon as spotted.
All Year Round Lettuce Companion Plants
How to harvest All Year Round Lettuce
Butterhead lettuces can be picked 50-60 days after sowing and are ready to harvest when the head of the lettuce is firm when gently pressed. Stop harvesting when a central stem starts to form. This means that the plant is getting ready to flower or bolt, turning the leaves bitter.
How to propagate All Year Round Lettuce
Sow seeds thinly and directly 6-12 mm deep and 20-30 cm apart in a prepared bed. Germination takes 7-14 days. replant or thin when they are big enough to handle.
Special features of All Year Round Lettuce
Can be grown in a container provided they are wide enough.
All Year Round lettuce is a medium feeder and needs a moderate amount of nutrients and when crops are rotated, avoid planting radicchio, endive, escarole or artichoke in that area.
Other uses of All Year Round Lettuce
The leaves and stems are edible and are great eaten raw in salads.
Rich in vitamins A, B and C, minerals like Magnesium and Potassium and almost as much Calcium as milk!
Edibles to Sow Undercover in October
In cold frames, unheated greenhouses, or under cloches, sow these now to grow over the cooler winter months.
Edibles to Sow Under Cover in December
Grow these on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator for winter picking.