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enthumaali
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February 21, 2011 - 10:44 am
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Hi

I have planted some lettuce seedlings and the pots are in a south facing balcony where they get lots of afternoon sun.  Do i need to protect them from direct sunlight or is it OK ?? I am spraying them with 19-19-19.  Do i need to use anything else ?

Look forward to an early response.

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geekgardener
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Hi Enthumali,

Lettuce prefers cool weather. As we approach summer, it is better to provide some shade in the noon. 19-19-19 is good enough for lettuce. You need not spray since this crop is used for its leaf you can mix it water and irrigate the plant.

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Darkstorm
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hi enthumaali

i've sown lettuce too, recently.... nothings come up yet.

am not spraying anything other than water.. only when needed

mine are in a similar place as yours, in a big balcony shaded on one side.

the soil shouldn't get too wet….it should just be moist & there should be good air circulation

About direct sunlight,.. in a general sense they are supposed to just get light .. not direct sunlight.. until they have germinated & after that. a little stronger &  up & going.

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i am not oo hopeful about my lettuces.. just keeping my fingersConfused crossed sowed them last weekend.

 

regards,

Manu

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heard they can take long to germinate so don't give up hope!  : )

- some of my green peas have started to germinate

Edit : sry that was parsley i'd heard bout : D

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Have grown lettuce a couple of yrs back in an old bath tub on my terrace. They were abundant, lovely, juicy and crisp. Have planted some seeds recently but nothing come up yet. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Lettuce takes less than a week to germinate. If it is a fresh seed, it just takes 2 days. Don't store lettuce seed for long. It ages fast and becomes dormant at high temperatures.

Lettuce needs light to germinate, don't bury the seeds. Did you bury it?

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Hi GG:

You have just laid the proverbial 'foundation stone' for another chart !! This one should tell us about which seeds need light and which don't for germinating. You will avoid a lot of heart-breaks. Regards

Satish

P.S.: The other day a neighbour sent me a small earthen pot (5") with a huge Iceberg lettuce growing in it. You would have surely said "awesome" ! It was the best Iceberg head I have ever seen. I could not bring myself to consume it for some days because it was such a nice sight. Why I am mentioning it here is just to show that this is possible.

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Hi GG,

No just sprinkled with a little soil on top but maybe like you said, the seeds maybe old. Anyways, still keeping my fingers crossed.

Rgds.

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Shaheen, I am sure it is the old seeds. Fresh seeds popup in just 2 days ( even with little soil on them).

Satish, I have been thinking about adding several column, to our chart. Like the following

1. Sowing depth
2. Container size
3. Distance b/w plants
4. How many plants per container(of various sizes).
5. Required Soil pH
6. Days to emerge
7. Needs sunlight/darkness to germinate.
8. Days to maturity/Harvest
9. Possible Pests
10. Recipes? I am a foodie 😛

GG

PS: I definitely would have said "awesome". Yes, thinking of it I will start another forum for people to show off their yield.

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A forum for pictures is a very good idea as all the links can be in one place for people who are interested.

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Hi GG:

Another one of your great ideas ! If you can really put together a chart with this kind of information it will become an encyclopeadia of gardening ! Hope you find the time to do it and wish you a lot of Good Luck too (You will surely need it !! In case I can do something please do let me know. Regards.

Satish

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aha!!i love the recipes bit.. I'm a foodie too. i love to cook. and my container gardening is just an extension of that. I would love to grow things and cook those.

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GG, I can also help in anyway.. maybe in the html-izing part? 

 

geekgardener said:

Shaheen, I am sure it is the old seeds. Fresh seeds popup in just 2 days ( even with little soil on them).

Satish, I have been thinking about adding several column, to our chart. Like the following

1. Sowing depth

2. Container size

3. Distance b/w plants

4. How many plants per container(of various sizes).

5. Required Soil pH

6. Days to emerge

7. Needs sunlight/darkness to germinate.

8. Days to maturity/Harvest

9. Possible Pests

10. Recipes? I am a foodie 😛

GG

PS: I definitely would have said "awesome". Yes, thinking of it I will start another forum for people to show off their yield.


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Hi GG:

On your suggestion I am trying to create a new chart to include the columns you have suggested. I think it should be a seperate chart by itself. Putting everything in one chart might make it rather unwieldy. It would be nice to have the views of our fellow gardeners on this. Will send you a draft for your providing the missing info, correcting the contents and applying the 'GGGolden Touch' ! Regards

Satish

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enthumaali
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Hey guys

My lettuce is doing well even in Pune HOT dry weather.  they are in direct sunlight (south facing balcony) and are thriving.  I harvested by just cutting of the leaves not the whole head at one go, and lo behold !! a few days later it had grown leaves beautifully.  And they are not bitter at all.Laugh

enthumaali

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Where can I get lettuce leaves? What about carrot? I will start a new thread under seeds to see if we can post our excess seeds to each other. Please check that thread.

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