Butter Crunch lettuce is probably the most scrumptious in this family. When grown outdoors one can plant in early Spring and late Fall in the northeast for a dual harvest. Some of us probably wonder if a third harvest can be accomplished by planting indoors.
Is There Any Advantage Growing Certain Vegetables Indoors?In some cases where the mature plant is of a size that can be managed in a reasonably small area it can be very wise to plant indoors. If you were to try growing a rambling plant such as cucumber it becomes obvious that it would take up too much room though we have grown some in an east facing picture window with some surprising success.What About The Lighting Cost To Grow The Lettuce?Indoor gro-lights were at one time very costly and setting them up could require an elaborate setup adding to the initial investment. Today, many people simply use CFL lamps aranged in a line of 4 wide. This is usaully ample for a beginner. Each of the four lamps should have a color temperature over 5,000 K. and an output luminous brightness equivalent to a 60W incandescent light bulb. Of course, the CFL equivalent will only consume 15 W. The lamps will have to be controlled to turn on for 12 hours and off for 12 hours to simulate tthe sun. I paid $6.00 for the timer which can handle 1,000 Watts of lamps.
A link to my personal design of indoor grow lamps, the parts needed to build and how to assemble one is shown at:
Just A Little Info On The Lettuce Seed
Whether you purchase or standard seed they will come up very quickly. Mine sprouted within a couple of days. The seed are almost microscopic so you have to sprinkle them carefully. Butter Crunch lettuce is probably the most scrumptious in this family. When grown outdoors one can plant in early Spring and late Fall in the northeast for a dual harvest. Some of us probably wonder if a third harvest can be accomplished by planting indoors.
I have provided a photo of Butter Crunch lettuce I have grown indoors:
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