FLOATING RAFT SYSTEM
Plant 'Em & Watch 'Em Grow

full grown lettuce raft




   FLOATING RAFT SYSTEM
   Part 4: Planting the Babies


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NOW, let's get these babies growin'!

10. Time to transplant your baby seedlings into the raft. Place the starter plugs into the net pots and carefully pack around them with LECA (clay balls) to help support each plant in its pot. Push the little net pots into the pre-cut holes in the styrofoam raft.

tiny lettuce seedlings
net pots and LECA balls
placing seedlings in raft
net pots in lettuce raft


11.
Plug in the airstone bubbler and watch 'em grow!

2 week old plants

This is about 14 days after transplanting

full-grown romaine raft lettuce

And this is full grown lettuces 22 days later

We had been harvesting the outer and lower leaves of these Romaine lettuces for salads. We went out of town for the weekend, turned the thermostat up and forgot to leave a fan on; the poor darlings bolted! (No, they didn't take off, just went past their prime 'cause it got too hot).

Above you can see how the leaves are drooping out instead of nice and tight. We harvested the whole raft after we took this picture and had an enormous Caesar salad. Yum!

raft lettuce, clean, green and sweet

This is a photo of a different type of lettuce from our large raft. Just wanted you to see what happens to the roots. They grow down into the solution reservoir. Sweet, neat and clean.

OUR FAVORITE LETTUCES

Don't forget that lettuce grown outside is a cool weather crop. Indoors in your hydroponics set up, try to keep the temperatures below 75°. For a continual harvest and the most effective use of your lettuce raft, plan ahead so that each head of lettuce you harvest can be replaced with a new seedling ready to go.

These are some of our favorite varieties:

Loose-leaf (also called cutting lettuce)
Fast-growing and do not form tight heads. These are the lettuces you see in the market of various different colors, bronzes and reds. They create a most attractive and tasty salad bowl. Check seed packets to find a variety of colors.

Oak Leaf lettuce
Also is a quick grower and can tolerate warmer temperatures. Puts out delicious tender oak shaped dark green leaves.

Bibb
A small headed variety with a delicious sweet taste. One head of Bibb makes for a good salad. More heat and disease resistant than others.

Buttercrunch
A classic favorite, produces heads with luscious, buttery texture. Also heat resistant.

Romaine
Caesar salad anyone? Romaine lettuce produces elongated thick crisp and savory leaves. Romaine is probably the most heat resistant lettuce you can grow.


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