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Can lettuce be planted in sandy soil in a pot? Thanks in advance!!!

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I don't know anything about growing conditions in the Philines, Mark, but we grow our lettuce in a container. A light, sandy soil should be no problem but I would not advise pure sand. The sandier the soil the more rapidly it will drain so the pot will need watering more often. The lettuce should not be allowed to dry out or they will wilt and probably die.

13 Aug, 2012


I can second that, Bulba! Also, Marc, if you are gardening at lower elevations, youwill probably need to wait for the coolest season, and plant a heat tolerant variety, such as 'Bibb', or most of the leaf lettuces. 'Iceberg' types may well be impossible at lower elevations.

14 Aug, 2012


Thanks!!! Though I am 11 years old and we will have a project on Industrial Arts someday about planting lettuce. We are thinking what kind of soil will I have to bring so the lettuce can grow properly.

24 Aug, 2012


In pots, a clay-based soil will probably not work at all, due to poor drainage. Sandy soil is possible, but not ideal, for the watering problems which Bulba mentioned, and because it will not hold nutrients well--an important consideration in tropical climates. The best would be a largely organic mix with some sand and pumice mixed in, possibly with a tiny amount of silt, too.

27 Aug, 2012

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