QUESTION: What is the best fertilizer for lettuce? I’ve sprayed fish emulsion on my lettuce leaves before and there was residual smell. Is there a better way to use fish emulsion, or what fertilizer is safe for lettuce? -Terri M
ANSWER: Lettuce requires the soil to be fertile and rich when seeds are sown, and your lettuce plants will also need fertilization as they grow. Because lettuces are a “cut and come again” crop, they need plenty of fertilizer to help them keep producing new leaves for the next harvest. Feed lettuce plants every two weeks with a balanced water soluble or granular fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 or a 5-5-5, diluted to half strength. Look for a fertilizer in which the three numbers separated by hyphens are equal or almost equal. These numbers represent the percentage of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium each fertilizer contains.
Before planting your lettuce, amend your garden soil with several inches of rich organic matter, such as aged compost,well rotted manure, fish emulsion, or another additive. (Amending your soil with compost isn’t quite the same as fertilizing plants. Get the rundown in how they’re different and when to use each in our article Compost Versus Fertilizer Explained.) The best time to prepare the soil for a spring planting season is the previous fall so the organic material has time to decompose and become part of your soil. Waiting a while to plant after amending your soil with certain fertilizers, like chicken manure or fresh manure, will also ensure your plants don’t get “burned” by the excess nitrogen in the fertilizer.
Am trying to start a back yard garden for lettuce farming, but I only have rice dust that I get from the milling store. I want to burn it to dost before using plz advice?
Deolal huggins says
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Godfrey Ray Ray says
Lettuce seedlings are better than sowing seeds.They grow fairly well with some good compost but your biggest enemy are slugs and snails.Make sure your area is free of these pests
Am facing a lot of problems on my lettuce like fungi disturbances and I want solution
connie moss says
you might want to use espoma plant tone every 2 weeks an neen oil is the second peoduct. spray often with neem. very good and the cost is little. neem oil about 5.00 and espoma plant tone about 12.00. happy gardening. connie from fallon nevada