I have planted mesclun and romaine, and I'm wondering if I should cut
off the leaves of the plant now. Will other leaves sprout up if I do
this? I certainly don't want to kill the plant. Right now we're still
having warm weather in California and we're bothered by white flies, and
that's why I want to trim those leaves.
The usual method is to keep removing outer leaves, leaving the plant some
of the newer growth. Minor nit: I thought mesclun was mixed greens, rather
than a specific variety. I've seen a wide range of greens grown and leaves
picked while they are pretty small.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
We have always harvested leaf lettuce by shearing off the tops off with
scissors. One can get 2 or 3 shearings before pulling out the entire
plant. Picking only the outer leaves prolongs the useful life of the
plant but you miss out on the tender tips of the lettuce.
The word "Mesclun" is used in some of the provincial dialects in Southen
France, probably a corruption of the word "Mesclumo" which simply means
"mixture". Mesclun salade is a salad made up of the tender shoots of
mixed salad greens. In the US, the mesclun salads seem to be any
mixture of greens, not just salads made of of tender young plants.
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