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Tips on Growing Lettuce Indoors Year-Round

Lettuce Indoors

Imagine being able to make your own salad, sandwich, or other tasty dishes using the lettuce you grew at home. The great news is that this is possible to do year-round with a bit of planning. Here are our top tips for growing the healthiest lettuce indoors (that produce high yield).

Location is Key

If you want to grow indoor lettuce that grows large and tasty leaves, it’s important to pick the right spot at home. Do an examination of your home and identify the spots that receive the most sunlight. Ideally, you need to find a spot that receives nearly twelve hours of bright sunlight. Generally speaking, the south-facing windows get the most sunlight so this is the first area of the house you should check.

If your home doesn’t get a lot of sunlight then that’s okay. With a bit more investment, you can set up an indoor grow light system that mimics the intensity of natural sunlight. You may, however, need to consider how much impact this would have on electricity costs. It shouldn’t be too big of a concern in most cases because grow lights tend to make use of LED lights, which are quite energy-efficient.

Choose the Right Container

Lettuce doesn’t necessarily need large, deep containers to grow well. We suggest picking containers that are flat and fairly shallow (lettuces don’t have deep root systems). The most important aspect of the container is to allow for proper drainage. Some people like to go the eco-friendly option by using recycled plastic containers.

Choose the Right Lettuce Variety

There are many different varieties of lettuces. Some varieties grow better indoors than others. We suggest taking a look at varieties like merlots, baby oakleaves, red deer tongue, and salad bowls.

Keep the Soil Moist

In addition to getting proper lighting, it’s important to keep the lettuce plants well-hydrated. Our recommendation is to water the plant when the topsoil starts to feel dry. You don’t, want to overdo it though. Over-watering can cause a lot more harm than under-watering. It could introduce plant diseases and encourage the development of household pests, which is the last thing you would probably want to see indoors.