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.
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.
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.
Can be grown in a container provided they are wide enough.
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.
Cool to temperate
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
The leaves and stems are edible and are great eaten raw in salads.
Rich in vitamins A, B and C, minerals like Magnesium and Potassium and almost as much Calcium as milk!
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.