Lettuce, Lactuca sativa, is arguably the easiest plant to grow in the world. With a short growing period, lettuce is the test plant for any new method of planting. It has been successfully grown through hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics.
Benefits of Lettuce
Lettuce contains relatively no carbohydrate, protein or fiber. Nonetheless, it is rich in Vitamin C, K, calcium, potassium and manganese.
Uses of Lettuce
Lettuces are predominantly used in salads, sandwiches, food wraps, and in smoothies.
It is also an important part of dieters and weight watchers diets.
Growing Lettuce in Northern Nigeria
Lettuce can be grown in all seasons, but preferably in dry season.
Grow lettuce in a rich and loose soil.
Seeds are planted in the nursery at 2 seeds per hole in seed trays or in lines. The seeds should be planted at a depth of 0.5cm -1cm. Seeds are expected to germinate in 1 week. After 2 weeks, thin plants to 1 per hole or 1 in every 5 cm line spacing.
Transplant the nursery during the third week or when the plants have 4-5 leaves. After that, transplant the lettuce with a spacing of 20cm/20cm.
Weed control is very important when growing lettuce because of the fragility. Frequent and abundant watering is also necessary.
Depending on the variety, lettuce can be ready for harvest between 45-70 days after planting. Keep harvested lettuce dry and in a cool and dry place to avoid spoilage.
States Lettuce is Predominantly Found in Northern Nigeria
Lettuce can be grown in Plateau, Kaduna, Jigawa, Gombe.
Major Markets of Lettuce in Northern Nigeria
|KADUNA||Kasuwan Dan Magaji, Kasuwan Sabon Gari, Kasuwan Samaru, Kasuwan Giwa.|
|KATSINA||Kasuwan Danja, Kasuwan chunko.|
|KANO||kasuwan Wanbai, Kasuwan Wudil, Kasuwan Danbatta, Kasuwan Yan kaba, Kasuwan Sabon gari.|
|PLATEAU||Kasuwan Building Material, Kasuwan Farin Gada|
|YOBE||Kasuwan Tashar Kuka, Kasuwan Jaji Maje, Kasuwan Garin Alkali, Kasuwan Yusufari, Kasuwan Yunusari.|
|GOMBE||Da Sauransu, Ashaka Gari, Juggol Barkono, Kodom, Malam Sidi, Kurugu, Mana Washi, Kasuwan Dadin kowa.|
|JIGAWA||Kasuwan Mai gatari, Kasuwan Gujungu, Kasuwan Sara, kasuwan Hadejia, Kasuwan Kafin hausa, Kasuwan Shuwarin.|