Lactuca sativa

Laitue    Lettuce   Lechuga   Salat

Crop Rotation Group :Miscellaneouslettuce

Soil :Most soil types, but best in moisture retentive soil with some compost dug in.

Position : Sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant : Tolerates light frost, but needs protection from hard freezes.


Helps: Beets, beans, okra, onions, radish, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, carrots, passion fruit
Helped by:
Radish, beets, dill, kohlrabi, onions,beans, carrots, cucumbers, strawberries, broccoli thyme, nasturtiums, alyssum, cilantro
celery, cabbage, cress, parsley
Slugs and snails
Increased mortality of the diamondback moth on Chinese cabbage


Sow and Plant :Start seeds indoors in early spring, or simply sow fresh seeds where you want them to grow. Scatter seeds atop prepared soil, about one-half inch apart, and barely cover them before patting them into place. Sow more seeds in summer for a fall crop.

Germination:  3-10 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 3″ (10cm) each way; Rows: 3″ (10cm) with 5″ (15cm) row gap

Feeding : Not usually required.

Harvesting :You can pick individual leaves, use scissor or a knife to harvest handfuls of baby lettuce, or grow plants at proper spacing to get large, loose heads.

Yield per 10ft of row: 5lbs

Time to harvest: 40-60days

Troubleshooting :

Notes :Shallow lettuce roots need constant moisture. Do not allow the soil to dry out.
Mints (including hyssop, sage, and various « balms ») repel slugs, a bane of lettuce and cabbages. Broccoli when intercropped with lettuce was shown to be more profitable then either crop alone