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Shade or Indoor Crops?

Post  coot on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 4:05 pm

Now that temps here are in the 90's, do I have to stop growing lettuce, or can it be grown in the shade? Has anyone ever tried to grow lettuce indoors under a light?

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Post  Chopper on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 4:36 pm

I was thinking the same thing. I am certain they do. I am more sure of growing under lights than of lettuce in shade. I think the temp is the thing, moreso than the sun. I am not sure you can make a lettuce think it is 75 degrees when it is 90. But the list if things I don't know is extensive.


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Post  Megan on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 4:57 pm

@coot wrote:Now that temps here are in the 90's, do I have to stop growing lettuce, or can it be grown in the shade? Has anyone ever tried to grow lettuce indoors under a light?

Mine was still growing well, but it finally got bitter, so I pulled everything except for a few plants (not sure what variety, it was a mix). I am going to try to start another crop just to see what happens, though. I ordered seed that is supposed to mature in 48 days... hopefully I can get a few fall crops in at the very least, even if it won't grow right now.

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Post  kimbertangleknot on Tue 29 Jun 2010, 5:40 pm

Yes you an grow lettuce under lights, that's what AeroGardens do and that's how most people start their seedlings. The thing is you just need the space to do it on a big scale, if you have the space and the light go for it. As for lettuce growing in shade, search online for it. There should be lettuce that grows in shade. A general rule of thumb is that if it "fruits" it needs full sun, if it is just "leaf" it can usually (and I stress that not all breeds can do this) be in partial shade but will still need sun.

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Post  Garden_State on Wed 30 Jun 2010, 6:27 am

I have started a lettuce garden under lights in my basement. Here is a link to the thread I posted 2 weeks ago: http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/general-sfg-talk-f5/indoor-lettuce-garden-t2868.htm

The seedlings are about 1 inch tall now and starting to get past the seed leaf stage.

Planning on updating the pictures tomorrow.


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