Lettuce 'Sucrine'

A French heirloom - that requires a rather hot weather and lots of light !
Common name : Lettuce 'Sucrine'
Scientific name : Lactuca sativa 'Sucrine'
Family : Asteraceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Annual
The sucrine is a small lettuce with a slightly elongated shape with thick, serrated, and fleshy leaves. In France, it is mainly grown in the south. Its wavy, crisp, and subtly sweet leaves are great for salads.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 15 - 50
pH 6 - 7

Identify my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

An easy to cultivate annual, lettuce is an indisputable star in most vegetable gardens! There are several types of lettuce: head lettuce, batavia lettuce, romaine lettuce, and cutting lettuce are the most common. By juggling between the different lettuce varieties and the sowing, we can ensure lettuce harvests up to 10 months a year!

Water my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

Lettuces need water, otherwise they dry or produce seeds! Water two to three times a week in dry weather, and watch for leaves that show the first signs of dehydration.

Sow my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

Sow in a cool soil high in humus, from April to July in the ground. Outside: Space the lines 30 cm, and sow in a low density, because you will keep only one plant every 25 cm: you can mix the seeds with sand for easy handling! Work the top soil finely, leaving no clods, finishing with a scratching and a delicate raking. Sprinkle gently with the watering can or better, with the sprayer, without creating a swirl that would take away the seeds. Inside: Sow under cover in February and March. Space the lines 30 cm, and sow in a low density, because you will keep only one plant every 25 cm: you can mix the seeds with sand for easy handling! Work the top soil finely, leaving no clods, finishing with a scratching and a delicate raking. Sprinkle gently with the watering can or better, with the sprayer, without creating a swirl that would take away the seeds.

Plant my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

Plant every 30 cm making a hole with a dibble, in a cool soil sheltered from the sun. Be careful not to bury the leaves of the seedlings, it will cause them to rot. The roots of lettuce are still very fragile; handle them with care!

Check on my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

Watch out for slugs! Attract them away, with mulch and decomposed leaves and fruits - so they will leave your greens alone.

Thin out my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

After sprouting, thin out the plants by leaving only one every 20-30 centimeters to facilitate their growth. Of course, you can transplant these sprouts right away in new rows!

Dibble my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

Plant every 30 cm by making a hole with a dibber in cool soil without too much sun. Be careful not to bury the collar of the young plants, which will cause them to rot. The lettuce's roots are still very fragile; handle them with care!

Harvesting my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

Harvest according to your needs, cutting them at ground level. Remember that lettuces become tough if you let them produce seeds.

Mulch my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

Only for winter varieties. Mulch the lettuce plants with untreated mulch (be careful if you collect mulch from a farmer that used a growth regulator — no one wants dwarf lettuce).

Fertilize my ‘sucrine’ lettuce

Fertilize your entire garden in the month of November with decomposed manure or compost that is not necessarily very decomposed. Cover it with a mulch of leaves and wood (so as to not only provide nitrogen elements that destabilize the soil).

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