Many people have asked if they cut the lettuce, whether it will come again? I have cut many Balcony to Table Lettuce plants and yes, the leaves do grow back again. The new growth is not be as tidy and artistic as the original. I have tried this indoors, outdoors, winter, summer and even in moderate to low sunlight. Be sure to cut the leaves above the base. This will allow for new leaves to grow. Please pay attention to the centre of the plant. If a cone-like structure develops, the lettuce is trying to seed. This new lettuce is more bitter but still delicious.
This spring and summer, I will plant a number of my lettuce in rich soil on the balcony. With the fresh warm air and sunshine, the new leaves will continue to grow. I need to keep harvesting and using this cut and come again strategy. Alot of great salads will come from this!
As a small business owner, I would prefer the “cut and come back” method where customers just come back to buy more lettuce. These valued and impatient customers disposing their pots after
harvesting can feel good that the pots are compostable. The pots don’t look the most decorative but they are free of dyes and plastic. This is why I put my plants in terracotta
planters or rustic wooden boxes. Before my friend, Linda, disposes her lettuce pots, she uses the soil in her houseplants. It’s a great way to reuse and recycle.