Growing Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce in Kratky Hydroponics – Update Week 1

The last time I tried to grow Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce , it didn’t go so well. It wasn’t a total disaster; I still got a harvest out of my lettuce, but I transplanted too late in their growth and as a result I stressed the lettuce out way too much. They just never really recovered.

Week 3 Deer Tongue Kratky Lettuce
Last (failed) attempt: Week 3 Deer Tongue Kratky Lettuce

The failure was mine. I was brand new to hydroponics, and growing lettuce in general, so mistakes were made and learnt from…

So I have decided to reattempt my first grow experiment, this time seeing just how big my plants will get. One week ago I planted seeds in some rock wool and my new hydroponic buckets:

Growing Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Week 1
Growing Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Week 1

They don’t look like much at the moment, I know. They have barely broken the surface of the rock wool, and have only just put out their first true leaves (in some cases they haven’t even gotten that old).

Growing Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Week 1
Growing Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Week 1

See? The lettuce seedlings are still very small. Once they start getting a bit bigger, and one sprout becomes dominant, I will thin them out to one plant per net cup.

Have you grown lettuce hydroponically before, or in soil? What’s your favourite lettuce variety? Let me know down in the comments.