Lettuce is very simple to grow hydroponically. It is easy for a beginner to start their first cultivation of vegetables with Lettuce. This lettuce grows fast, does not require much space, and is easy to maintain. Here all the instruction is given for how to grow the lettuce hydroponically.
1.Germination of Lettuce Seeds.
I suggest you use rapid rooter plugs to germinate lettuce seeds. It is good to sow a few seeds to increase the chances of getting seedlings then thin, It needs few days for seedlings to sprout. When the seedling rises above the starter cube, that when you pinch the heads of the multiples. Make sure you pull not pinch, because you may disrupt the root system of the seedling.
2.Which Types of Hydroponic system is suitable for Lettuce?
Lettuce can be developed in many different types of hydroponic systems. NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) is a common method. People who grow lettuce at home using deep water culture and raft systems. I used different types of methods such as water culture on a smaller scale, ebb and flow, and NFT systems.
3.Best Temperature for Lettuce seeds.
Lettuce grows best at temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees, going from warmer during the day and cooler at night. Basically, lettuce is a cool-weather crop. If lettuce gets the temperature above 70 degrees range it will start to go into the flowering phase. It will be bitter into taste.
4.Space for lettuce.
Different types of lettuce need different types of space. 6-8 inches space works well. You can grow loose-leaf varieties of vegetables. Lettuce that has to grow a firm head should be placed about 12 inches apart for fuller development. They don’t need a deep grow bed because they have a shallow roots system. Indoor hydroponic farming helps the lettuce to grow faster.
5.Light for Hydroponics Production?
Lettuce needs 10 -14 hours of light per day. It does not need a long duration and intense amount of light. Some people go for fluorescent light which is cheap, there is low power consumption and there is less heat production.
6.What is the pH Level for hydroponic lettuce?
The right adjusting ph level for hydroponic lettuce is 5.5-6.5.
Lettuce does not grow well with nutrients higher in nitrogen and phosphorus and which less potassium. I personally go for Dyna –Gro Foliage Pro nutrient for growing lettuce. Also, lettuce required an n-p-k ratio. nutrient for hydroponics is important.
Harvesting of lettuce depends upon a couple of factors. First, it depends on which type of lettuce you are growing. Loose leaf and bib lettuce can take up to 45 -55 days. It takes 85 days for Romain. The second factor depends upon your preference. Growing lettuce indoors will help you to control the environment and extend your harvest. There is a method which is called the cut and come again method where you can harvest whenever the lettuce is ready to it and let it grow back, then harvest the lettuce again.
With these methods, you can easily grow lettuce at your home. hydroponically. Start growing the lettuce at your home and writes to us that how was your experience?