8 Tips for Growing Lettuce In Pots

Eating your greens doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. Let us show you how to grow lettuce and greens in pots on your own patio using these 8 simple tricks.

1. Pick a Cool but Sunny Location

Almost all lettuce varieties and most greens are cool-season plants. This means they thrive when the average temperature is below 70 degrees.

2. Find a Pot that Maximizes Surface Area

Choosing a shallower, longer pot will give you more surface area, which means room to grow more plants.

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3. Start with the Right Soil

Lettuce is 95% water, which means it requires near-constant access to moisture to avoid wilting. At the same time, it does not do well in standing water.

4. Choose the Right Varieties

There are plenty of lettuce and greens varieties to choose from. Some are better suited to the restricted growth conditions of containers than others.

5. Sow Your Seeds in Cool Weather

Most greens and lettuces do best when sowed directly into the pot they will be grown in.

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