Plant Care Leaf Lettuce

Leaf Lettuce

4.7 out of 5 (15 experiences)

Leaf Lettuce has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Leaf Lettuce has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Garden Lettuce, Garden Lettuce, Butterheads, Romaines, romaine lettuce and Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson

Taxonomy

Lactuca sativa
Lactuca
Asteraceae
Asterales

How to care for Leaf Lettuce

💦 Water

How often to water your Leaf Lettuce

Water needs for Leaf Lettuce
0.5 cups
every 9

Leaf Lettuce needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Leaf Lettuce

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Garden Lettuce in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Leaf Lettuce: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Leaf Lettuce love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Leaf Lettuce does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Leaf Lettuce in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Leaf Lettuce

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Leaf Lettuce: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Leaf Lettuce after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Leaf Lettuce is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Garden Lettuce →

Common Garden Lettuce Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Leaf Lettuce prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Garden Lettuce Water Frequency →

Garden Lettuce Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Leaf Lettuce requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Garden Lettuce Light Requirements →

Garden Lettuce Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Leaf Lettuce is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Garden Lettuce Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Leaf Lettuce doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Garden Lettuce Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Leaf Lettuce does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Garden Lettuce →

When and How to Successfully Repot Garden Lettuce →


💩 Fertilizer

Leaf Lettuce is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Garden Lettuce →


🌎 Native Region

Leaf Lettuce is native to Worldwide.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Leaf Lettuce grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Garden Lettuce →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Leaf Lettuce can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Garden Lettuce Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Leaf Lettuce can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Garden Lettuce →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Leaf Lettuce

Leaf Lettuce

Leaf Lettuce


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Leaf Lettuce has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 12
Leaf Lettuce has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Leaf Lettuce has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Leaf Lettuce has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Leaf Lettuce has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Leaf Lettuce has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Leaf Lettuce has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
@Scarlett-Panduh avatar
@@Scarlett-Panduh
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 515 XP
globe Santa Cruz, CA
10/30/2021

Mine is Black Seeded, green leaf lettuce. Pretty easy to grow, surprised how tall they’ve gotten. Tasty too!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@Snazv avatar
@@Snazv
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 101 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario
08/10/2021

3 days ago I decided to put the lettuce root head (what ever you call it) in a jar of water to see if it would grow or not and so far this is the result and I am surprised at how fast it is growing. 😍

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Tomattopie avatar
@@Tomattopie
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 68 XP
08/10/2021

Taste a price before you pick all of it if it’s too bitter give the plant more time to grow,

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@SagesBabyJewels avatar
@@SagesBabyJewels
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 158 XP
06/30/2021

Very fun to grow and great for saving money feeding hungry guinea pigs (who are a BIG fan of lettuce!) Definitely worth waiting and looking after!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Alexander avatar
@Alexander
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 64 XP
06/14/2021

He is adorable, grows super fast, it’s one of those plants you can leave outside and just forget about

@Jessicarose329 avatar
@@Jessicarose329
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 120 XP
globe West Babylon, NY
04/13/2021

Lettuce is very easy to grow. Plus, it’s edible. So you can eat it and more will grow

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@shawniegerb avatar
@@shawniegerb
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 28 XP
globe Las Vegas, NV
03/02/2021

It takes around 2-4 days to start growing don’t water every day of the first leaf

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet

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