Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
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Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is an annual plant of the daisy family, Asteraceae. It is most often grown as a leaf vegetable, but sometimes for its stem and seeds. Lettuce is most often used for salads. Generally grown as a hardy annual, lettuce is easily cultivated, although it requires relatively low temperatures to prevent it from flowering quickly. Lettuce is a rich source of vitamin K and vitamin A, and a moderate source of folate and iron.
Planting And Care
- Keep well watered to avoid bolting
- Avoid over-watering
- Water when the soil feels dry to touch
- Apply nitrogen-rich fertilizer in the growing stages
- Avoid damage to the roots if you wish to grow further
|Soil||Well-drained nitrogen rich soils having pH 6.0-6.8|
|Temperature||16-18 degree celsius|
|Fertilizer||Apply any organic fertilizer rich in nitrogen|
|Storage||After harvest, lettuce lasts the longest when kept at 0 °C (32 °F) and 96 percent humidity. Lettuce quickly degrades when stored with fruit such as apples, pears and bananas that release the ripening agent ethylene gas.|
- Lettuce is a rich source of vitamin K and vitamin A, and a moderate source of folate and iron.
- Lettuce can be eaten raw in cold or warm salads or cooked and used as a side dish, in soups or pasta sauces.
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