1. A high of 94 degrees was predicted.
2. It has reached the right size.
3. The center of the leaves had formed a "firm head".
I have two harvest options. I could have just take off the outer leaves and allow the plant to continue to grow. However with the hot weather continuing through the week, I decided to just end it here. I wanted to use the pot I was growing it in to propagate some strawberry plants. So I just gently used a small shovel and pulled the plants right out of the container. I twisted off the root end and noticed a white sappy substance. This can be a sign that the lettuce has turned bitter. And indeed some of the leaves turned out to be bitter, but some where still ok. The above average temperatures caused this to happen. In the average year I would have been fine timing wise. At least some of the leaves were still usable. We will probably plant some more bibb lettuce later in the year for a fall harvest.
One positive thing to note was that the lettuce grew well in the pot I had it in, making it an successful vegetable for a container garden.
Are you growing Bibb Lettuce this year? I would love to hear your experience. Leave a comment below.
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