When Can I Plant Lettuce Containers In My Midwest Garden?
“We live in Iowa in Zone 4-5. When can I plant lettuce in containers on my deck?” Question from Jacqueline of Brooklyn, Iowa
Answer: Every year, I grow a few pots of lettuce, too. It’s one of the easiest vegetables to grow, and it’s so nice to harvest your salad from the garden. Lettuce likes it cool and can even take a light frost but not hard freezes. Your last frost date in Brooklyn, Iowa is on average between May 21 – May 31. To be safe, I would plant lettuce in outdoor pots around mid-April.
I always start lettuce indoors and then plant it outdoors as healthy, robust seedlings. Lettuce grows beautifully in big pots filled with Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Mix, which is OMRI Listed for organic gardening. Our Black Gold® Natural & Organic Flower and Vegetable Soil would also be a good option. Just a few plants will fill a big pot. Feed them lightly with vegetable fertilizer, and water them as needed. Lettuce grows so quickly that you can have harvests just weeks after planting. I encourage you to watch the video below to learn about some great lettuce varieties that you may consider growing this year.
Black Gold Horticulturist
About Jessie Keith
Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.
This site may contain content (including images and articles) as well as advice, opinions and statements presented by third parties. Sun Gro does not review these materials for accuracy or reliability and does not endorse the advice, opinions, or statements that may be contained in them. Sun Gro also does not review the materials to determine if they infringe the copyright or other rights of others. These materials are available only for informational purposes and are presented “as is” without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement or other information is at your own risk. In no event shall Sun Gro Horticulture Distribution, Inc. or any of its affiliates be liable to you for any inaccuracy, error, omission, fact, infringement and the like, resulting from your use of these materials, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting there from.