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Celtuce Seeds

Botanical - Lactuca sativa (var. angustana)

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V-CET-01
 
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1000 Seeds.

Other Names - Celery Lettuce, Stem Lettuce…

Celtuce is a relative of the lettuce family. The name derives from the unique combinations of characters, the celery like stalk and lettuce like leaves. When the plants are young the stems and leaves can be eaten raw added to salads etc. and when the plants grow large the stems are best added to stir fries or soups and the leaves can be cooked like spinach.

  • Unusual, try something a little different.
  • A fairly trouble free and easy vegetable to grow.
  • Dual purpose where nothing goes to waste, eat the stems like celery and the leaves like lettuce.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds

Sowing Months - March - April, July - September

Harvest - June - July, October - December from a July - September sowing


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • The leaves of the Comfrey plant can be used to make a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer ideal for giving celtuce a nutrient boost.

Soil Preperation

Celtuce thrives in moist soils. Add some compost or well rotted manure to the soil a few weeks before sowing or planting to help with moisture retention. Remove any weeds and add some general purpose organic fertilizer 1 - 2 weeks before sowing or planting.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 25 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 25 cm
Average height 25 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 25 cm Sowing distance between plants 25 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 25 cm
Overwintering Undercover Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 10 to 20℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 2 - 3 seeds per 4 cm module. As soon as the seeds start to germinate move to an area with good daylight exposure, a windowsill or greenhouse is ideal. When the seedlings are big enough to handle thin to 1 strong seedling per module. 2 - 4 weeks later plant out into their final growing position.
Harden off the plants over 7 - 10 days especially early sowings so they acclimatise to the outdoor temperatures slowly. Plant out at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil around each plant and water well. Cover early sowings with horticultural fleece.

Direct Sowing

Sow 2 - 3 seeds per station 25 cm apart at a depth and row distance suggested above. Cover the seeds with fine soil and water well. When the seedlings are big enough to handle thin to 1 strong seedling per station. Sow celtuce little and often to avoid gluts. A fortnightly sowing will keep the kitchen in good supply over the season. Early sowing will need covering with horticultural fleece.


Growing On

The soil needs to be kept moist throughout the growing season, water well in dry weather. Weed often to reduce competing plants and to reduce hiding places for slugs and snails. Remove any yellowing leaves. Celtuce will benefit from a mulch of compost to help prevent the surrounding soil drying out.
Cover autumn sown celtuce with horticultural fleece before the first autumn frosts arrive, they can tolerate a little frost but will not survive severe frost. Protected plants may survive into the new year if the winter is mild with no severe frosts.


Harvesting

Celtuce is at its best when picked young, no taller than 25 - 30 cm in height. The stems and leaves of older plants become tougher with age. Harvest all outdoor grown celtuce by November or December depending on the temperature. The stem will store in the fridge for 1 - 2 weeks and the leaves up to a week in a polythene bag.

TIP

Celtuce can be grown in large containers if preferred.

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