Romaine Lettuce got its name from the Romans. In fact, this type of lettuce is the favorite of Roman Emperor Caesar. It is believed to have originated in the Middle East.
Romaine is a very popular type of lettuce and the main lettuce used in Caesar salads. It is full of trace minerals, fiber and antioxidants. It is truly one of the healthiest leafy greens you can find.
Let’s take up some of the basics in growing romaine lettuce.
They love and grow well in cooler climates and prefer to be planted in a well-drained and moisture rich soil. These wonderful lettuce is also heat tolerant and would appreciate just enough sunlight.
If you want to have a crispy romaine lettuce leaves, speed up their growth by keeping the soil rich in organic matter and giving them a good amount of water. Their maturity usually takes 65 to 75 days from seed.
How to plant romaine lettuce
The very first thing to do is to find a good location which has to be a bit shady with just enough sunlight. Lettuce can be grown in pots or straight into your garden plot or raised bed, but you need to amend your soil first in order to provide the right nutrition to your plant. The best way is to add organic compost to your soil as this will also make your soil well drained.
Romaine can be started indoors as seeds which I guess is better than sowing them directly in a garden plot and besides it makes it easier to space the seedlings when transplanting.
It’s important to note that transplanting should be done when the weather is cool or cloudy. Early evening hours are in fact the most ideal time to transplant.
During transplanting, remember that in order to provide an ample growing space and good air circulation, your plant must be spaced at least 12inches apart and the rows at least 18inches apart.
Caring for your plants is not so difficult. You just need to give them a good watering daily for about a week right after transplanting. This will help them grow faster, producing crisp leaves.
Never allow weeds to grow with your romaine as they will steal the nutrients and moisture from the soil.
If you need to control pests, never use insecticides because they can be easily absorbed by all leafy vegetables. Try natural pest control instead like introducing beneficial bugs to your garden or use organic ingredients that can kill pests.
When your romaine is big enough, it’s harvest time! They are great to use in salads and sandwiches.
Have fun gardening!
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