How to plant romaine lettuce indoors in cold weather?
This blog is in response to people asking about the best way to plant Romaine lettuce inside during winter. I have been asked this question so many times and it’s very simple. Here is how to plant Romaine lettuce:
-Pot the lettuce seedlings as soon as they germinate and wait until your last frost to plant them outside. Plant directly into the ground, in rows 2-3 inches apart and cover with soil that is loose enough for the plants to poke through and reach water and nutrients.
-At your first frost, I suggest transplanting the plants into 4” pots and transplanting them into bigger pots for the 2nd frost. This way you have it covered for the season and don’t risk losing the seedlings to early frosts. When you’re done planting you can leave the pots in a garage or shed and they’ll be fine as long as you water and feed them regularly.
-When the second frost arrives, move the pots into a bright area of your house and water and fertilize until there is no longer a hard frost. Remove the pots from the house and move them back outside as soon as the frosts end.
I’ve also heard some people talk about taking the pots indoors and planting the seeds when the first hard frost arrives. I have never done this and you may want to ask a greenhouse expert about this.
You can start harvesting Romaine lettuce about 6 weeks from when you planted the seedlings. It takes about 8 weeks for the plants to be mature enough to produce leaves. The plants will be producing leaves as long as it gets 40-50 degrees F.
What plants grow best indoors in cold weather?
This is a good question because cold winter temperatures can be difficult to get and maintain. Not everyone has access to greenhouses or heated greenhouses so I wanted to give you some ideas on what plants grow best in cold weather indoors. The plants listed below are perennials and you can either start them in the fall or plant them in pots in late spring. I don’t recommend buying plants that are only in pots for the winter or that do not like getting cold temperatures. Plants have adapted to the cold temperatures and cannot survive well outside of the temperature that they’re used to.
-Perennials: -Grow and buy a houseplant that you like that does well in cold temperatures. I’m a big fan of hanging potted plants and love how it keeps my house feeling clean and a little green all year long. My absolute favorite is the Aloe Vera plant. It can grow in every season and stores water, leaves, and makes an attractive winter addition.
-Deciduous Perennials: -If you have a large yard or are growing a yard that you want to use all year long, you can plant deciduous plants in the fall and prune them back when the leaves drop. My favorite plant for this is the Oleander plant. I love the huge yellow blooms in the winter and have them in many of my photographs and videos. They are easy to grow and store well once the flowers drop. If you have an area that is frequently damp, planting the Oleander in a deep pot can help it to store water and keep it alive longer.
-Herbs: -We all love to see fresh herbs in our diets. You can grow fresh herbs in the winter by taking potted plants out in the cold weather. You can also grow them in cool summer temperatures if you don’t live in a place that gets cold weather.
-Vegetables: -Try planting cool weather vegies. For example, you can start seedlings of beans and peas that are already indoors for the summer in cool weather and keep them in a warm greenhouse until they are ready to go out in the fall. Be sure to cover the cold frames with blankets and tarp so that they don’t freeze and then use frost protection.
Other cold weather crops
Since I don’t grow it myself, this will probably be the best resource you can find. If you click on the link below, it will take you to a quick shopping guide where you can look at a list of cold weather plants.
I grew up in a small town in Northern Minnesota where our winters are pretty cold. I spent my time enjoying the Minnesota Wild, watching the movies in the local cineplex, and learning all about wild creatures around us. When I first got married, we lived in a cabin in the mountains of Alaska and enjoyed a small town with no electricity. After my kids were born and we moved to Oregon, my mom and I still spent lots of time in the woods and in Alaska.
After retirement, we moved to a small island near Los Angeles where we were able to spend time kayaking, hiking, taking the boat out on the ocean, and enjoying the weather. Here in Alaska, Oregon, and California, I have had the pleasure of photographing some beautiful wildlife.
When you photograph the landscape, it’s important to show the context of the landscape. How does the location affect the elements around you?
Here’s a classic photo from Alaska. I took the photo of this spruce tree in front of my cabin in Alaska. This type of photograph is called a Stalker’s Photo, which takes a photographer out of context and allows you to see a scene from the photographer’s perspective. It is very common for a photographer to have a tripod in the shot, even though this shot wasn’t taken on a tripod. If you click on the photo below, you can see a better view of the full photo.
In a Stalker’s photo, the photographer and the landscape are connected by an imaginary line. I placed my tripod, camera, and lens on the left side of the frame and the eye is on the right. In this photo, I’m above the tree and out of sight of the ground. I think I’m looking down through a hole in the tree as