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Lettuce seedlings

Lettuce    None Given

This is my third failure with lettuce. I always face this problem when growing lettuce. They are very delicate, I even water them with a light spray but they still break during watering.

What's the best way to grow them?

Thanks


Posted by: reem (9 points) reem
Posted: October 10, 2014




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I think that the problem here is that your seedlings are stretching for light and becoming "leggy". That means that they are growing very thin and spindly so that when you water them they tend to fall over and break. Does that sound like what is happening? See the attached picture which shows what I mean. This happens when seedlings do not have enough light. You can either grow them directly outside from seed or you may have to buy a fluorescent light to hang over them while the grow.

Here is a link to a previous question that may also be helpful

https://www.plantvillage.com/posts/66...


Posted by: Lindsay McMenemy (2 points) Lindsay McMenemy
Posted: October 10, 2014


reem commented,
Hey Lindsy, it's nice to hear you fruitful info again ! Unfortunately I know what that is and that's not what's happening here ... I think it's the soil I'm using its loose
about 6 years ago.



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I start lettuce directly outdoors, watering with a drip irrigation system.
You can also water indoor seedlings from the bottom, so no water touches the foliage directly.

As for why they are breaking, it may be damping off from overwatering. Alternately, you may have a pest eating the plants at the soil level, like a slug.

If they are otherwise healthy but breaking when tiny droplet of water hits them, it may help to add an oscillating fan to encourage the seedlings to develop stronger stems.

Finally, it would be helpful if you specify the size of the seedlings that have this trouble.


Posted by: Nicole Castle Brookus (21 points) Nicole Castle Brookus
Posted: October 12, 2014


reem commented,
I don't have outdoor so it's my green house witch is completely lid by sun cuz it's all glass.

I did plant them on raised beds now and I started watering the between rows instead on the seedlings themselves

I have no pests on my soil so I'm pretty sure it's the watering force

As of their size they are too tiny like only the first 2 leaves they are probably an inch long



about 6 years ago.

reem commented,
I did something different this time, I started watering from the bottom rather then the top and with slow flow spray. My lettuce are looking spectacular and I'm glad.i just got and raindrip system the I'll install soon to make things is even more glorious
about 6 years ago.



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