Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2011, 12:35 »
I just got a packet of winter gem lettuce seeds for 50p, so am going to give them a go. The packet says I can sow from September to January, and as long as germination takes place above 12C, they will grow through the winter.

I'm skeptical, but for 50p, why not?!  :)

Might also see if my growing collection of self-collected mixed salad leaf seeds will work...

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2011, 07:21 »
50p! The price of one tiny lettuce from the supermarket.

Great idea to plant a few seeds now and then, 12 degrees is pretty easy to achieve, so can you start them off inside, then pop them in the greenhouse?

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2011, 10:00 »
Well, after an unusually warm 2 or 3 days, the lettuce has germinated in the greenhouse already! So it looks good... had my 50p's enjoyment out of them already!  :D

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2011, 10:12 »
Yes, cos of the warm I'm going to make another sowing - cos at the rate they are growing they will be eatable size rather than small when I want to plant them out  :D
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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2011, 19:06 »
I shall be joining the sowing party in the morning  :lol:
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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2011, 16:38 »
Just sown some American Land Cress and also some Winter Gem in the greenhouse (at 4X what lazza paid for his packet they had better do something!)  :wacko:
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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #36 on: October 30, 2011, 10:25 »
Was thinking of getting and growing some Misticanza, although I must say I am slightly put off by the price of postage from SOI, the cheapest is 2.50 for a 14 day despatch, If I want them next week it'll cost 6.99 for 1 pack of seeds!

Anyway that's not my question, what I'd like to know is will the Misticanza germinate in an unheated greenhouse from now till next spring or will I need to germinate indoors? Was also thinking of growing some corn salad and rocket and wondered whether they will germinate and grow and the same conditions

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #37 on: October 30, 2011, 10:37 »
If you order at this time of year the seeds usually arrive within a few days, in my experience ;)

They will germinate well in the cold greenhouse, in all but the very coldest weeks of winter...when I start a few in the spare bedroom.
They take longer to germinate in the cold, but they do come though ;)

I'd get your rocket and corn salad started asap, as I find they won't germinate as easily as the lettuce in the cold, and they grow slower than the lettuce anyway.

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #38 on: March 09, 2012, 22:02 »
How did everyone do? Was there feast of famine? I'm thinking of doing this later this year, so will look forward to your feedback. :D

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #39 on: March 09, 2012, 22:16 »
Still picking salad from the greenhouse  :)

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #40 on: March 09, 2012, 22:18 »
Still picking salad from the greenhouse  :)

Thank you, I shall mark a date on my calender in case I forget, or miss a thread. (If there is another.) :D

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #41 on: March 12, 2012, 11:27 »
How did everyone do? Was there feast of famine? I'm thinking of doing this later this year, so will look forward to your feedback. :D
I am still harvesting too. Though I am having to buy an iceberg a week from the shops to bulk out my salads, I'm getting small amounts of lambs lettuce, baby chard, beetroot leaves, mooli and spring onions from the poly tunnel. Need to get them out once the outside crop starts growing to make way for the summer crops...

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #42 on: March 14, 2012, 18:45 »
Mine were OK up until probably mid-December, but the later sowings didn't do so well, giving just small green shoots which then grew no further when I put them out. Maybe I put them out too early.

On the other hand, the last sowing (made in January) now seems to be picking up after a period of dormancy at small-shoot stage :)

So, all-in-all, worth the 50p outlay!

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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #43 on: March 14, 2012, 19:04 »
Mine are still going strong (as is the spinach).  Had some leaves over the winter but they are racing along now.  :)
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Re: Lettuce in the greenhouse in winter!
« Reply #44 on: March 17, 2012, 12:32 »
Down to the last three butterhead lettuces now, but the mixed salad leaves are going well... two pickings already and plenty to come  :D



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