Learn how to grow Romaine Lettuce from seed to harvest. Romaine Lettuce is delicious yet packed full of vitamins and nutrients our bodies need.
Selecting variety of Romaine Lettuce:
While Romaine is a variety of lettuce, there are a few different kinds of romaine. I choose Parris Island because it is what we are used to buying from the store. Botanical Interests describes Parris Island as “crunchy, sweet leaves, buttery-green heart, and vigorous growth.” This variety also withstands heat well.
Romaine can be planted in containers, raised beds, or directly in the ground.
Sowing seeds outside: Plant them 2 to 4 weeks before the last average frost. With successive sowings ever 3 weeks until 2 weeks before last frost. Sow 4 seeds 1/8″ deep every 8″ -10″. Thin once plants are 1/2″ to 1 plant every 8″ – 10″. Space your rows 6″ apart. The successive plantings will allow for interval harvest so not all your romaine is ready at once. Water seeds by spraying them gently. Too much water will cause the tiny seeds to move out of the row.
You can harvest individual leaves as needed or you can harvest the entire head when it is at least 8″ in diameter. When harvesting entire head, cut 2″ from the ground. This will allow the plant to continue to grow.
Cooking with Romaine Lettuce:
Any salad that has lettuce in it can be made with romaine. Here are some of our favorite recipes to use romaine.
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