Butterhead Seedling, 10 pcs
Plant butterhead lettuce seedlings about 15-20cm (6-8 inches) apart from each other. This spacing allows enough room for the lettuce heads to develop fully.
The time to harvest butterhead lettuce from seedlings typically ranges from 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the variety and growing conditions. Harvest the entire head of lettuce when it reaches the desired size and is firm to the touch.
Butterhead lettuce seedlings prefer partial shade to partial sunlight. They can be sensitive to intense heat and direct sunlight. Providing them with 4-6 hours of dappled sunlight or morning sunlight is generally sufficient. If you're growing them indoors, use a bright, indirect light source.
Choose well-draining soil for your butterhead lettuce seedlings. The soil should be fertile and rich in organic matter. A pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal for the best growth and nutrient uptake by the plants.
Keep the soil consistently moist. Butterhead lettuce seedlings prefer regular watering, especially during hot and dry periods. Ensure the soil remains evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water at the base of the plants to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal issues.
Butterhead lettuce benefits from a nutrient-rich soil. Before planting, incorporate a balanced fertilizer into the soil following the recommended application rates. As the seedlings grow, you can side-dress them with compost or apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 3-4 weeks to provide ongoing nourishment.
Regularly monitor the pH and electrical conductivity (EC) levels of the nutrient solution. Butterhead lettuce thrives in a slightly acidic environment, with a pH range between 5.5 and 6.5. Adjust the EC levels gradually from 1.0 to 1.5 mS/cm as needed to support the lettuce seedlings' growth stage.
Keep an eye out for common lettuce pests like aphids, slugs, and snails. Inspect your butterhead lettuce seedlings regularly and take appropriate measures to protect them from pests.
Butterhead lettuce prefers cooler temperatures and can bolt (go to seed prematurely) in hot weather. Consider using shade cloth or planting them in a location that receives some protection from intense afternoon sun.