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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/12/2017, 5:21 pm

OK, so I was on Pinterest, and they describe 
Cut and come again" for lettuces, arugula, kales etc. to be to cut the basically whole plant off but above the growth crown, water, and let it re-generate.  

I have always cut the bottom leaves off the plant, leaving the center growing part intact.  

What is this technique to you?  Thoughts and experiences?  I want to prolong my lettuce harvest as long as possible!
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/12/2017, 5:44 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:OK, so I was on Pinterest, and they describe 
Cut and come again" for lettuces, arugula, kales etc. to be to cut the basically whole plant off but above the growth crown, water, and let it re-generate.  

I have always cut the bottom leaves off the plant, leaving the center growing part intact.  

What is this technique to you?  Thoughts and experiences?  I want to prolong my lettuce harvest as long as possible!
I usually just take leaves rather than cutting the whole plant and letting it regenerate.

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Post  yolos on 5/12/2017, 7:16 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:OK, so I was on Pinterest, and they describe 
Cut and come again" for lettuces, arugula, kales etc. to be to cut the basically whole plant off but above the growth crown, water, and let it re-generate.  

I have always cut the bottom leaves off the plant, leaving the center growing part intact.  

What is this technique to you?  Thoughts and experiences?  I want to prolong my lettuce harvest as long as possible!
I usually just take leaves rather than cutting the whole plant and letting it regenerate.
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Post  sanderson on 5/13/2017, 2:41 am

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Exception: When the heat/spider mites wipe out the green beans, I have cut off the upper half and had the plants grow anew.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/13/2017, 5:58 am

I do both. For instance with Grand Rapids lettuce I  plant a few groups of three to five and will cut them back  three and four times. Other varieties I cut the outer leaves. This year for the first time I have planted groups of some other varieties to see how they do with cropping and regrowth.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/13/2017, 6:35 pm

I can see trying a combo.  I have enough this year to experiment a bit.  Thanks all!
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Post  kauairosina on 5/15/2017, 12:29 pm

Contrary to tradition, if I want to keep lettuces going, I cut from the center.  None of the leaves with anything suspicious on them and they come again from the center.  So clean that you don't have to wash them if you don't want to.  We have so much lettuce these days,  overabundance, that we cut the tops off, throw the bottom leaves in a bucket to give the chickens.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/15/2017, 6:32 pm

@kauairosina wrote:Contrary to tradition, if I want to keep lettuces going, I cut from the center.  None of the leaves with anything suspicious on them and they come again from the center.  So clean that you don't have to wash them if you don't want to.  We have so much lettuce these days,  overabundance, that we cut the tops off, throw the bottom leaves in a bucket to give the chickens.
Hmmm.  I am going to do a trial of all methods!  Thanks, KR!
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Post  kauairosina on 5/15/2017, 7:22 pm

Biggest reason I don't like to harvest outer leaves is that they have dirt or other stuff on them and are not as lovely as inner leaves.  Oh - and not as easy.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/15/2017, 9:52 pm

@kauairosina wrote:Biggest reason I don't like to harvest outer leaves is that they have dirt or other stuff on them and are not as lovely as inner leaves.  Oh - and not as easy.
I get it!   LOL!
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Post  Turan on 5/16/2017, 12:02 am

I used to cut and let re grow. Now I mostly take outer leaves. I need fewer plants this way. I never thought to try kauairosina's way.

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Post  countrynaturals on 5/16/2017, 1:32 pm

@kauairosina wrote:Biggest reason I don't like to harvest outer leaves is that they have dirt or other stuff on them and are not as lovely as inner leaves.  Oh - and not as easy.
I saw an interview with an author who wrote a book about ugly veggies. She says we should always take the outer, ugliest parts because the plant has given them the most protection from the elements, therefore they have the most food value. She says the "hearts" may be more appealing, but not nearly as good for us. geek
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Post  kauairosina on 5/16/2017, 4:02 pm

Tru dat.

I'm OK with eating ugly,it's nasty that I object to.  And you are right.  The more mature leaves would probably have a touch more nutrition.  We eat such huge amounts of lettuce these days - Regina, Green Towers, Magenta, Bekana greens, Yukina Savoy -that I'm sure we get plenty nutrition.  Not like iceberg.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/16/2017, 6:23 pm

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@kauairosina wrote:Biggest reason I don't like to harvest outer leaves is that they have dirt or other stuff on them and are not as lovely as inner leaves.  Oh - and not as easy.
I saw an interview with an author who wrote a book about ugly veggies. She says we should always take the outer, ugliest parts because the plant has given them the most protection from the elements, therefore they have the most food value. She says the "hearts" may be more appealing, but not nearly as good for us. geek
Interesting!  Never thought of it but makes sense!
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/16/2017, 8:37 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
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@kauairosina wrote:Biggest reason I don't like to harvest outer leaves is that they have dirt or other stuff on them and are not as lovely as inner leaves.  Oh - and not as easy.
I saw an interview with an author who wrote a book about ugly veggies. She says we should always take the outer, ugliest parts because the plant has given them the most protection from the elements, therefore they have the most food value. She says the "hearts" may be more appealing, but not nearly as good for us. geek
Interesting!  Never thought of it but makes sense!
I just watched a show about eating dirt. Dr. Axe says we shouldn't peal our root crops. Just wash, gently. A little dirt has some kind of probiotics, so we shouldn't be all that careful about scrubbing anything too much. Rolling Eyes
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Post  kauairosina on 5/16/2017, 9:18 pm

I totally agree with the leave a little dirt. However, here in Hawaii we are beginning to get something called rat lung disease, spread by tiny snails after ingesting rat poop that has the disease so I am beginning to veer to a little more caution.  You folks in areas where the winter kills stuff can appreciate that since we don't have the cold bad stuff can proliferate.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/17/2017, 11:38 am

@kauairosina wrote:I totally agree with the leave a little dirt. However, here in Hawaii we are beginning to get something called rat lung disease, spread by tiny snails after ingesting rat poop that has the disease so I am beginning to veer to a little more caution.  You folks in areas where the winter kills stuff can appreciate that since we don't have the cold bad stuff can proliferate.
Ew! Snail slime and rat poop. Not 2 of my faves. Rolling Eyes So, what are you eating from your garden today?  rofl
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Post  kauairosina on 5/17/2017, 12:22 pm

I just realized.  Many of you are harvesting for maybe 2 or 3 or 4 people.  We serve 8 every night with duplicate amounts for lunches.  Maybe why cutting a few leaves off the bottom of lettuces wouldn't work as well for us.  And we plant successions of 40 lettuces every two weeks.
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