An Overview of Green Romaine Lettuce
Cos lettuce or Romaine lettuce is a variety of lettuce that grows in a tall head of bright green leaves with ribs running down its centre. Romaine is sold in North America as whole heads or as "hearts" packaged together after the outer leaves have been removed. Looseleaf lettuce does not form heads. In contrast, it has dark green leaves joined at the stem, like kale.
More to love in Green Romaine Lettuce:
- The Romaine lettuce has a strong taste and crunchy texture and is commonly used in Caesar salads.
- It is heat-tolerant, unlike many lettuce varieties.
- Despite its mild taste and crisp texture, it has sturdy leaves that allow it to withstand heat better than other lettuce varieties.
- Salad greens are most commonly prepared, but they can also be grilled and sautéed
Benefits of Green Romaine Lettuce
In recent years, romaine has become a grilling staple and other vegetables. If eaten regularly, Romaine lettuce can provide even more health benefits than being a healthy part of a balanced diet. The nutritional value of leafy greens makes them an excellent addition to any diet, and their low calories make them a healthy choice.
How to Sow and Care for Green Romaine Lettuce
You can get a head start on planting by working in compost or manure in the previous fall and raking it smooth. Seeds require light to germinate. In rows of 12 to 18 inches apart, plant the seeds one inch apart and less than a centimetre deep. It's best to thin crisphead varieties after they have two or three true leaves, and for other types, you can thin after they have six to ten leaves.
Furthermore, you can lightly broadcast seed (especially loose-leaf varieties) in patches instead of rows. Reducing the seedlings' water and temperature three days before transplanting will enhance their growth. In warm weather, row covers can be used to protect plants, protect young plants from insects, and shade crops (supported by hoops).
Plants should be partially shaded by taller plants nearby, latticework, or other screens. The roots of salad lettuce are shallow.
To ensure that plants grow continuously:
- Keep the soil moist.
- Make sure your garden stays moist and weed-free by mulching (unless you have a problem with slugs).
- Fertilize to encourage faster plant growth.
- Maintain moisten but not saturated soil.
Young plants aren't as tolerant of freezing temperatures as mature ones.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Product Type: Romaine Lettuce Seeds
- USDA Zone: 8 Above
- Feature: Heat Tolerant
- Soil: Fertile, Well Drained
- Harvest Season: Spring
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids
- Order: Asterales
- Family: Asteraceae
- Tribe: Cichorieae
- Genus: Lactuca
- Species: Lactuca sativa L. var. longifolia
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