Lettuce (Loose Leaf) Growing Guide

Lactuca sativa

Lettuce (Loose Leaf)

Crop Rotation Group



Most soil types but best if it's moisture retentive with some dug in compost.


Semi-shade, a cool sunny spot or inter-planted between other crops.

Frost tolerant

Tolerates light frost.


Not usually required.


Single Plants: 10cm (3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 15cm (5") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Early planting can be done under cover in modules or under cloches outside. Continue sowing outside every few weeks for a continous supply.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Early sowings are easily attacked by slugs and snails, so may be best in containers. Thin out to give plenty of room for each plant to grow. In hot summer conditions lettuce can bolt (produce flower heads) and becomes tough and a little bitter.


Harvest leaves as required over a number of weeks.


Shallow lettuce roots need constant moisture. Do not allow the soil to dry out.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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