Plant of the Month: Sparx Lettuce
By Red Kidane
“Lettuce is a very popular salad vegetable whose market is ever increasing. Europe, USA and Australia have well established markets whilst Brazil, Mexico and Turkey are developing rapidly and have great growth potential for the future.” - Enza Zaden Company
The Biggest Perks of Sparx Lettuce::
Sparx Romaine lettuce is a tasty and healthy lettuce variety that is not only great for salads, but also offers disease resistance and aesthetic appeal. Sparx Romaine lettuce adds a unique, sweet flavor to meals like salads and sandwiches. It is a hybrid lettuce variety developed by Enza Zaden, a California-based company. Sparx is highly disease resistant. It is far less likely to become contaminated by various diseases than other types of lettuce. This makes it highly valued and reliable for gardeners. Sparx is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Some of its most abundant nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and iron. The leaves of this lettuce variety are long and slender, making the gardens it is planted in aesthetically pleasing.
How to Grow:
Here’s how to grow Sparx with the use of LED lighting. First, pick a container with holes for draining capabilities at the bottom of it to prevent waterlogging. Then, fill the container with soil that is ideal for potting. Next you will want to find the right lights to utilize. LED grow lights or fluorescent lights with a color temperature of 5000K to 6500K are the best to use. Keep the lights on for 12-16 hours a day. To achieve this you will want to use highly energy efficient light bulbs. At this point, you will want to plant the sparx lettuce seeds: Plant lettuce seeds a quarter inch deep in the ground, and cover them with a thin layer of soil. After this, you will need to consistently water the plants while making sure not to water them too much. Do not let the soil become oversaturated. Make sure to maintain a baseline temperature and humidity level. Cooler temperatures between 60-70°F are ideal. Maintain a relative humidity of 40-60% to prevent dryness of the lettuce. Following these steps, The lettuce will be ready to harvest around 30 days after soil based planting of the seeds, and around 45 days via hydroponic growing methods. As the lettuce continues to flourish, make the most of what you are growing by cutting the leaves and let growth continue.
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