Lettuce Vegetable Seeds
Lettuce grand rapids thrive in cooler seasons. Sow the seeds at a depth of ¼ inches in an evenly moist soil. The ideal germination temperature for the seeds should range between 12-15 °C(55-60 °F). Once the soil temperature reaches above 23 °C(75 °F), the lettuce grand rapids seeds can become dormant. Thin the seedlings to a distance of 8-10’’ once you see growth. Lettuce grand rapids grow well with onions, carrots, beets, celery, dill, strawberries and cucumbers as companion plants. They can also be planted in between other taller plants to protect them from direct sun during peak sunlight.
Aphids, cutworms, and slugs can sneak behind the lettuce grand rapid leaves and affect the foliage. Keep a close eye on the plant and remove the affected part as soon as you see it. Natural pest repellents like neem oil and canola oil can help you get rid of these unwanted guests. Also, schedule the watering of the plant to early morning in order to let the foliage dry during the day and not catch any bacterial diseases.
Loose, well drained soil with ideal pH range between 6 to 6.5 is best to grow lettuce grand rapids. Prepare the soil by adding natural compost at least 2-3 weeks prior to the planting.
Lettuce grand rapids will thrive in full to partial sun. Choose a spot that receives at least 5-6 hours of sunlight every day.
Lettuce grand rapids is a cool season crop and will grow well in temperatures ranging between 12-15 °C(55-60 °F).
Regular water is essential to avoid bitter tasting leaves of lettuce grand rapids. Water every other day at soil level to keep adequate moisture in the soil.
HOW TO HARVEST
This cut-and-come-again variety of lettuce can be harvested as and when the leaves are required. The baby leaves of lettuce grand rapids are more crispy and subtly sweet in flavour. Harvest the leaves in the morning and use generously in salads, sandwiches or in other garnishes. When stored in a paper towel in the refrigerator, the leaves can last upto 7-10 days. Once the plant starts to grow the main stem, the leaves can no longer be harvested.