Many people find it difficult to harvest Lettuce from Aerogarden, as it seems like a technical approach for beginners.
Go through the entire article to learn the methods of harvesting the Lettuce.
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When To Harvest Lettuce From Aerogarden?
The timing of harvesting Lettuce from Aerogarden depends on the variety of Lettuce of your personal preference.
Here are some guidelines for harvesting Lettuce from your Aerogarden.
- Leaf Lettuce varieties (eg. Butterhead, Red Romaine, and Green Romaine): You can start harvesting outer leaves as they reach a size of 3-4 inches.
- Head Lettuce varieties (eg. Iceberg): For Head Lettuce varieties, wait until the head reaches a desired size and check the core formation inside the outer leaves.
- Loose-leaf lettuce varieties (e.g. Leaf lettuce mixes): The harvesting method of this variety is also the same as other varieties, and remember to harvest on a regular basis.
How To Harvest Lettuce From Aerogarden
Harvesting of Lettuce from the aero garden has a step-by-step process that is mentioned below.
- Check your Lettuce plant to see if they are ready to harvest. The harvesting time depends on the variety of Lettuce.
- After the inspection, you can harvest them individually and whole leaf harvesting.
- After harvesting, rinse the Lettuce with cold water to clean any dirt or debris, store it in sealed plastic bags or containers, and put it in the refrigerator.
Care Tips After Harvesting Lettuce From Aerogarden
After harvesting Lettuce from your aero garden, you should take care of the remaining plants in the garden to ensure continued growth and future harvest.
- Sunlight and Temperature: Furnish the plants with at least 14-16 hours of sunlight and a temperature of 55-65°F.
- Regular watering: Ensure a consistent plant water supply and proper water level.
- Fertilization: Apply 10-10-10 NPK balanced fertilizers after the growing season.
- Regular pruning: You can prune dead and damaged plant parts once a year to maintain healthy growth.
- Crop rotation: Do not plant the same crop every year; it will prevent the transmission of diseases and pests to other varieties of crops.
- Monitor the pests and diseases: Lettuce is more susceptible to pests and diseases, so you need to monitor them for better growth of plants.
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Cut the leaves from the base of Lettuce plants during harvesting, leaving the crown undisturbed.
This will encourage the Lettuce plant to produce more leaves.
Moreover, to prevent the plant from producing seeds and flowers, keep the temperature cool and do not overfertilize the plant.