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I think I overcrowded my lettuce and arugula

Posted by loveisblind1 10 (My Page) on
Fri, May 18, 12 at 19:53

I made a newbie mistake and crowded my lettuce too densely. I didn't realize but the seeds can produce full size leaf lettuce such as Tango, Red Oak, Black Seed Simpson. SHould I thin out the seedlings or transplant them? Or can they still grow with this much room. Same with my arugula which haven't really grown much in days:

Here is a link that might be useful: Lettuce


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RE: I think I overcrowded my lettuce and arugula

Argula, (sorry I don't know how to use the picture feature)

Here is a link that might be useful: Arugula


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RE: I think I overcrowded my lettuce and arugula

  • Posted by rina_ 6a Ont (My Page) on
    Fri, May 18, 12 at 23:25

You can leave lettuce & just keep cutting young leaves & use in salad as mesclun mix. Cut with scissors leaving just the centre leaf or two, and it will regrow at least 2, maybe 3 times.

...or you can carefully transplant seedlings.

If you decide to thin out, just cut the extra seedlings at soil level with scissors - and use these to make salad.


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RE: I think I overcrowded my lettuce and arugula

Yeah that is way too close.

I thin to about 4-6" apart.

This was 19 days ago.

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This is today.

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RE: I think I overcrowded my lettuce and arugula

Do I just cut some of the lettuce down to soil level to try to thin my leaves?


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RE: I think I overcrowded my lettuce and arugula

Cut few of the leaves off the lettuce plants to use in salad, even daily. As long as you leave the centre, they will keep growing new leaves. If you want to eliminate plant alltogether, cut off completely at soil level.


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