Celtuce Lactuca sativa var asparagina
Celtuce (sometimes called stem lettuce), is an Asiatic plant grown for its succulent stem, which can be sliced and used raw in salads like radish or cucumber. Celtuce stems should be harvested at around 25-30cm in length.
Celtuce at harvest time, looks similar to a lettuce plant running up to seed. It is in fact a type of non-hearting lettuce and grown for its stems, which are eaten raw. Easy to grow except that like lettuce, Celtuce needs a cool soil for germination. If you are sowing in summer conditions sow in the evening and try to keep a temperature of between 15 to 20 degrees. Temperatures over 24 degrees will cause seed dormancy.
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