Perhaps you people can help. Last couple of years, I plant, say, a 6-pack
of lettuce or chard, and they right away bolt to seed and don't produce
much in the way of leaf. Is it heat/light, water, or soil? I'm in
A few years ago I had a good crop of Chard, and it even over-wintered - I
had greens all year long. Now it seems all I can get is seed from plants
in the same location.
How's the heat index where you live? Both chard and lettuce tend to bolt
down here in Houston area unless in shade. The chard in the back garden
bolted and we finally pulled the plants as the stems were about three
inches in diameter. The chard in front only gets sun from about 0800 to
1200 and is still producing heavily. Both were planted last August. Both
plants also require a good bit of water to sustain growth.
Portland weather tends to be relatively mild
This has been going on for some while - bolting when temps were in the
Sounds like I need to try more shade.
As I recall, I added store-bought compost.
I'm having the problem, however, in spots where I didn't plant these
veggies before. I do note, that I do have a few spots where they seem to
be doing better than other places. I've got two tomatoes planted where I
had tomatoes last year - one is anemic but producing well, and the other
is going wild with huge fruit.
I'm mostly using raised beds. This is a city lot so I have limited room
I also have problems with radishes - from the get-go -- they bolt instead
of producing anything resembling an edible root.
Sometimes this will happen if the plants were exposed to weather cool
enough to fool them into 'thinking' that they had gone through the winter
(vernalization) or conditions that are harsh enough in some way so that
the plant must 'go for broke' and rush into bloom.
Did you notice if the seedlings were rootbound? Next year, check
that. If they're rootbound, tear and loosen the rootball quite a lot
when you transplant.
I haven't had this problem with lettuces but bolting did in our first
planting of broccoli this year. I think I overlooked the rootbound thing.
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