Lettuce Pushing out of Soil?

werick_111July 23, 2014

I've attached a picture of what my Romaine Lettuce looks like now.

I've started them out in a seedling tray, and then moved them to a long window sill type of pot. Even in the seedling tray, I noticed they looked like they would sort of push out of the potting mix. And they're doing it again here.

Is this sort of thing normal? Am I looking at lettuce plants that just won't grow well, or is there something I can do to fix this?


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They needed more light..that's all I see.

Perhaps the growth was also during too warm temperatures..lettuce is a cold season crop.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 5:45PM
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They're pretty stemmy. I think it's too hot for them.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 8:16PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Yes, it looks as if they have been too warm and possibly too dark. Are they indoors? They appear to be bolting already. I'd cut my losses and eat them now.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 3:30AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

What is that potting mix made of?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 3:41AM
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These are actually outdoors. I have them set up out on the lanai. Temperatures here have been ranging between upper 70's to lower-mid 80's. Attached is a pic of what it looks like early in the morning. Much more sun will hit it during the mid day. If that's still too warm for lettuce to grow, can anything be done to compensate for the heat?

I've used Miraclegro seed starting mix in the seedling tray, and Organic Choice Potting Mix for this larger pot.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 6:30PM
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zeuspaul(9b SoCal)

They look ok to me, maybe a little crowded if you want full heads. Keep them well watered and fed and give them lots of sun.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 9:56PM
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