All Year Round Lettuce

Lactuca sativa 'All Year Round'

Lettuce , Kropslaai (Afr.)

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All Year Round is a heading butter lettuce. It is generally more resistant to bolting during the hot summer months. As its name suggests, this is a lettuce that can be grown throughout the year, though it will require protection with a cloche or cold frame in the cool areas.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Butterhead lettuces can be picked 50-60 days after sowing and are ready to harvest when the head of the lettuce is firm when gently pressed. Stop harvesting when a central stem starts to form. This means that the plant is getting ready to flower or bolt, turning the leaves bitter.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds thinly and directly 6-12 mm deep and 20-30 cm apart in a prepared bed. Germination takes 7-14 days. replant or thin when they are big enough to handle.

Special features

Pot plant

Can be grown in a container provided they are wide enough.

Crop rotation

All Year Round lettuce is a medium feeder and needs a moderate amount of nutrients and when crops are rotated, avoid planting radicchio, endive, escarole or artichoke in that area.

Special features

Origin

Mediterranean

Natural climate

Cool to temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The leaves and stems are edible and are great eaten raw in salads.

Medicinal

Rich in vitamins A, B and C, minerals like Magnesium and Potassium and almost as much Calcium as milk!

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Lettuce can be bothered by aphids. Minor infestations can be washed off and heavier populations can be controlled by growing nasturtiums as trap plant near your lettuce. Look out for diseases like rots and remove as soon as spotted.
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