There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own fruits and veggies, but unfortunately, during the winter months, that’s not always possible. Thankfully, there ARE some veggies that you can successfully growing indoors for an amazing winter harvest! Today we’ll show you how to grow lettuce indoors so that all year round you can enjoy the awesome benefits of this leafy green!
How to Grow Lettuce Indoors – A DIY Gardening Guide
Before you go ahead and start planting, it’s important to choose the right variety of lettuce. Because you’ll be growing indoors, you’ll need to choose a smaller lettuce variety, also known as baby lettuce. Varieties such as butterhead and loose-leaf lettuce are great for growing in containers and indoors.
The mature much faster than regular lettuce varieties and don’t take up as much room. The baby lettuce varieties should mature within 40-45 days. You can find these lettuce varieties at your local nursery or online.
Planting Lettuce Indoors:
- Choose a pot with good drainage holes so that excess water has a way to get out.
- The pot should be at least 4 inches in height as baby lettuce has long roots.
- Use a sterilized organic seed potting mix for best indoor growing results.
- Make sure to have a spot with lots of sunlight or use grow lights.
- Especially during the early stages, it’s important to give your baby lettuce plant as much sunlight as possible.
- Plant the lettuce seeds about 1″ deep and place the pot in sunlight or under grow lights.
- Fertilize your baby lettuce with nitrogen and trace minerals for fast growth. Liquid kelp fertilizer, worm castings, or compost tea also work great!
So now that you know how to grow lettuce indoors, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!