Celtuce Organic 10 x 3cm Vegetable Plug Plants
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This might be a vegetable that you don’t know much about, but it’s one you should definitely add to your cooking repertoire of you love Chinese and eastern cookery. Sometimes known as long lettuce, this vegetable looks like a hybrid plant with a long broccoli-like stem with lettuce-like leaves protruding from the top. The leaves of this vegetable are slightly bitter are a great in a stir fry or as a garnish for a ramen dish, but the real flavour is in the stems. Once peeled they can be eaten raw or cooked. It has a texture much like a water-chestnut but with nuttier and almost smoky flavour that will be great in any stir-fry.
How to grow celtuce at home
This frost hardy vegetable will thrive in a location with a well-draining soil that has been prepared with a well-rotted manure or homemade compost. The location should receive full-sun throughout the day. Plant the celtuce in rows about 10-11 inches apart and water well in the first two weeks to help it establish a strong root system. Water regularly to keep the soil moist but not wet. You shouldn’t need to fertilize the plant at all, but you can if growth slows. Apart from this, you shouldn’t need to do any other care apart from regular weeding.
How do you harvest celtuce?
Your celtuce will be ready to harvest between June and August. You should harvest your plant once it reached about 30cm tall. To cut the stems, cut them off at the base with a sharp knife.
What are plug plants?
Plug plants are very young plants that come ready to go in the ground. They are grown in single units in modular trays and be either seedlings or cuttings. Buying plug plants lets you fill your beds and borders easily, and in a way that is stress-free for your plant since it allows for little root disturbance.
How do you plant a plug plant?
When you first get your plant home, remove any packaging except for the pot. Place the plant in a warm and sunny space for 2-4 hours to let them recover and acclimatise. You should try to plant your plug the same day if you can. To do this, dig a hole in your desired place that is slightly larger than the root ball and soil around it and put the plug inside. Cover with the existing earth and press down lightly. Water well for the first week to help the plant establish itself and feed with an all-purpose feed after 3 weeks.
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