Grow lettuce easily on the balcony

Grow lettuce easily on the balcony

Choosing the right seed variety

There are now a number of cultivated varieties of lettuce that differ not only in terms of the shape and color of their leaves. The recommendations given in the respective cultivation instructions at the time of cultivation should be strictly observed with the lettuce, as some varieties may otherwise tend to shoot or stunted. For growing lettuce on the balcony, varieties such as the following should be selected that can withstand a certain drought and heat:

  • Australian yellow
  • Venetian brown
  • Deer tongue

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The preparation and planting of the balcony box

To grow lettuce you need the following basic equipment:

  • Balcony box
  • humus cultivation or garden soil
  • Seeds
  • Fleece to cover against night frosts

The seeds of the lettuce are scattered sparingly on the growing substrate (9.05 € at Amazon *) and not covered with soil. The light-germinating seeds will germinate within about one to two weeks if they are kept evenly moist during this time. It is essential to ensure that the picking lettuce is not sown too dense, as otherwise too dense plants have to be separated later.

A continuous harvest straight from the balcony

If you would like to harvest fresh lettuce leaves from the balcony from June to October, you should germinate the first seeds on the windowsill by the end of February. You can put the young plants in the balcony box from the beginning of May if you put a fleece over the sensitive plants as protection against night frosts. Use several balcony boxes (€ 106.25 at Amazon *) to lay the foundation for a constant supply of lettuce into autumn with regular re-sowing every three to four weeks.

Tips & Tricks

For a particularly high-yield harvest of the lettuce from your own balcony, you should take advantage of the natural advantages of this type of salad. To do this, leave the plant's heartbeat, which can develop new side leaves several times. Before any flowering, however, the plant must be harvested as a whole, otherwise the leaves will have a rather bitter taste after the flowers have sprout.