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Salad in the seedbed and transplant.

Salad in the seedbed and transplant.

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Question: salad in the seedbed and transplant.

we sowed the seedling of gentilina lettuce in seedbeds, precisely on 03/28/12.
Many seedlings were born, no more than 2 cm high.
We wanted to know when you can start transplanting into the vegetable garden?
Is it time already?
Since we have sown not one seed at a time in space, we are all born accordingly.
Do we have to plant every single stem in the vegetable garden, or can we plant in bunches?
Thanks so much…

Answer: salad in the seedbed and transplant.

Dear Antonio,
seeding in the seedbed of the salad allows to have small plants in advance compared to the season, or to have small plants to transplant, to get the tufts.
In general, the first small salad plants can be planted in May, and the transplants continue until the weather permits; in general the seedbed is thinned, keeping only the largest and most vigorous seedlings, when they are of such size to be moved, they are transplanted to their home in the garden. Generally, in seedbeds a sowing is practiced which leads to having about 2-3 small plants nearby, but separated from the others, so as to have the possibility of discarding those that are lean and not very luxuriant, and keep the most healthy and vigorous; which will then be moved to the garden. A single plant for each stall, so that it spreads to produce a nice head of lettuce. If the sowing has been spread, it is possible to transfer some small bunches of salad into the open field, but to obtain nice, wide clumps, it is advisable to remove the smaller and less developed plants in the following days, to make room for those larger, which will become beautiful thick and crispy heads.
If desired, it is also possible to practice, from May onwards, the sowing of the salad, directly in the garden area; afterwards it is possible to use the salad as a cutting lettuce, going to cut the salad with the scissors, and leaving the roots, which will produce another 2-3 crops. Otherwise, the plants thin out, leaving only the most vigorous, well spaced from the others.
If we leave behind an excessive number of salad plants we risk that over time the various clumps compete for space, water and nutrients, thus obtaining only small and uninteresting tufts.