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Why is my cos suddenly turning slimy?

I'm new to gardening, so this may be an obvious one. My cos was doing beautifully and all the sudden in the past week, the leaves are degrading into sludge. I can't find any evidence of slugs or other insects. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place. abgo, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow Posted: 08/08/2011


Cos lettuce likes a warm climate and an Irish summer can be too cool and too wet and this would cause the plants to deteriorate.

Also it tends to be ready all at once.


Lettuce plants breaking off at base

Lettuce plants growing nicely then recently at least four have 'flopped' and 'wilted' . When lifting off the leaves no roots attached just as though they have broken off at base. One plant looked perfectly healthy yesterday morning and by late afternoon it had 'flopped'. Slug bait all around, even egg shells as well. Have never had this problem before. Any suggestions as to what can be happening. 220720091, Longford, Co Longford Posted: 26/05/2010


This is likely to be cutworm damage, larvae of night-flying moths that feed on plants roots close to soil surface.

If you root around very carefully just below the soil surface at the most recently damaged plant, you will probably find one or more of these and simply remove.


growing lettuce from seed

I am growing lettuce from seed in small pots inside. The seedlings have long stems with small leaves. When I transport them to a larger pot the stem continues to grow and the leaves do not get much bigger ? I have transplanted them outside and they die, freda, Bray, Co Wicklow Posted: 26/04/2009


These seedllngs lack light. Lettuce needs full sunshine. 


growing lettuce

Having got a new greenhouse last year, for first time I tried to grow my own lettuce, I was very excited about it. They didn't gow very well! I was very disappointed. I think (a) mayybe I transplanted the seedlings too early, they were very tiny, or (b) maybe I overwatered them? 180720081, Navan, Co Meath Posted: 01/03/2009


Lettuce is very easy to grow given a few basics. It needs good but not very rich soil and it must be transplated without a shock.

Sow the seeds where they are to grow and thin them out carefully, or sow 3 or 4 seeds to a small pot and thin ot the strongest and plant it out carefully.


sowing lettuce indoors over winter

because my garden is brand new I wont be sowing any veg until the spring but I wanted to have lettuce variety over the winter. sowed couple of varieties of spinach and lettuce 2 weeks ago in flat boxes of seed compost and have them in a sunroom at around 19/20 degrees. seeds have germinated but seedlings dont seem to be growing much and very spindly and not upright (look like they are falling over!) but soil looks moist so cant be under watered. am I too impatient or how long should I expect seedlings to start thriving? do I have to thin them if Im growing them in the boxes for cut and come again? or can I just leave them and wait...? starter, elphin, Co Roscommon Posted: 08/10/2008


A sunroom is generally not bright enough for lettuce which needs as much light as possible. The temperature is okay but the warmth pushes on the seedlings inthe absence of sufficient light and they grow spindly.

 It would be better off in a cool greenhouse with more light and less heat. Leave them be and see how they do. You might be able to use them as cut and come again plants.





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