Lettuce is my favorite hydroponic garden
crop. It is fun and easy to grow in the simple lettuce rafts, produces
tons of groceries in short order, and is a great confidence builder for
beginning hydroponics enthusiasts.
Lettuce grows like weeds especially in the lettuce raft hydro setups, and yields more edible produce per inch of plot than any other veggie.
One advantage to growing hydroponic lettuce is you do not need expensive, hot HID lamps. Simple fluorescent lighting or specialized T5 fluorescent lamps are sufficient for growing any lettuces or greens. Avoid the expense and added heat.
There are many varieties of lettuce you can try,
with a wide range of tastes and textures. We are Romaine lettuce freaks, as we love Caesar Salad, but we also grow looseleaf strains for variety.
Head lettuce: Boston, New York, Iceberg, Romaine
Looseleaf Lettuce: Waldman's Dark Green, Simpson, Buttercrunch Bibb
Bibb is a favorite. A great combo for your raft would be Buttercrunch Bibb and Romaine.
You can buy seed packs with a mixture of salad greens, and there are heat-resistant varieties as well.
Talk about fun! Why not try your hand at Hydroponic Microgreens?
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