Growing Romaine Lettuce From Cuttings
Romaine lettuce is one of those vegetables that can be easily regrown from cuttings. All that is needed is the bottom of a stalk of lettuce to allow the root system to spread. Romaine lettuce is a convenient plant to buy for the garden, and one of those edible greens that thrives in a container. It is quite easy to grow lettuce from seedlings, but for those who want little fuss, it is entirely possible to just buy the lettuce at the grocery store to be regrown.
Step 1: Buy the Lettuce
Buy romaine lettuce. The size and shape of romaine lettuce makes it a good candidate for beginner gardeners to replant.
Step 2: Cut Off the Bottoms
Cut off the bottom of the lettuce bunch. Not too short, but long enough to plant without difficulty. Do as many stalks of romaine lettuce as you wish.
Step 3: Soak the Bottoms
Place bottoms into water. It is best to soak the bottom overnight to hydrate. Some gardeners soak bottoms for three days before planting.
Step 4: Plant the Bottoms
Place bottoms into the dirt. The soil should be rich to promote growth. For these pictures, I placed the pot in a sunny spot, but lettuce grows best planted in the shade. If lettuce is placed in a container, move the container to a shady spot. If planted in the ground, choose a shaded area.
Step 5: Water and Cover
Water the lettuce and cover it with mulch to retain moisture. Dried leaves or plain straw will also work. Lettuce requires a good amount of water, so it best to place this vegetable into a pot or cover with mulch. Damp soil also keeps plants from drying out and retains the tasty flavor of the leaves.
That’s it! Regrown romaine lettuce is as simple as that. Enjoy!
Questions & Answers
We've tried growing romaine lettuce from cuttings recently, and they're growing like crazy, but the leaves aren't growing in a group, they're all kind of going up a stem. Any thoughts as to why?
Many things may be the cause....extreme heat will shrink it's growth. If the soil is deprived of moisture they will also elongate that way. Sometimes they have already been harvested to their max. Mulch may help them acquire the nutrients they need to develop large leaves.Helpful 70
Can romaine lettuce be grown in the kitchen in a sunny window?
Absolutely! The lettuce will grow on a windowsill. They do not need full sun to thrive.....they do best in shaded areas.Helpful 71
After you pick the leaves, does the romaine lettuce keep growing?
Yes. Unless the cutting has already been harvested to its max. If grown in soil it should continue to grow after harvesting.Helpful 28
Can you grow romaine lettuce in a pot in the kitchen?
Absolutely! Romaine lettuce can be grown right in your kitchen, and requires little space.Helpful 34
Can the lettuce grow in water the whole time?
Yes, it is possible. The leaves may grow out much softer and not as firm growing in water.Helpful 19