Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Choosing the Right Lettuce Variety

The success in growing fresh and good quality lettuce is determined by many things such as the growing conditions of the environment and also the characteristics of the different lettuce varieties.

In the Philippines, the temperature, humidity and quality of sunlight play a major role in lettuce's growth and development. Lettuce being a temperate crop, has to or is forced to adapt to the diversity of our tropical stressful environment.

In growing areas where high temperature and humidity is a problem, a lettuce variety must be heat- and bolting-tolerant, sweet (no bitter taste), no tip burn, free from diseases and produce high yield.

In other areas where the temperature is mild but sunlight is limiting, a loose-leaf lettuce like a lollo rossa as an example, must be bolting-tolerant, compact (not lanky, no stem), retain its true color (some red leafy turn green under low light) at produce an acceptable yield.

Experts also say that understanding the growing conditions and the behavior of the different lettuce varieties is a good policy to keep in mind.


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AGRI-INFO/MARCH 29, 2006


TITLE: CHOOSING THE RIGHT LETTUCE VARIETY

ALAM BA NINYO NA SA PAGTATANIM NG LETSUGAS, MAHALAGA DITO ANG PAGPILI NG TAMANG VARIETY NG LETTUCE?

ALAM NAMAN NATIN NA DITO SA PILIPINAS, SADYANG MAHALAGA NA PAG-UKULAN NG PANSIN ANG TEMPERATURA, HUMIDITY AT QUALITY NG SIKAT NG ARAW PARA SA MAGANDANG PAGLAKI AT PAG-AALAGA NG LETTUCE.

BILANG TEMPERATE CROP, ANG LETTUCE AY KAILANGANG MABUHAY SA TINATAWAG NA TROPICAL STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENT TULAD NG DITO SA PILIPINAS.

SA MGA LUGAR KUNG SAAN PROBLEMA NA ANG MATAAS NA TEMPERATURA O HIGH TEMPERATURE AT HUMIDITY, ANG LETTUCE VARIETY NA DAPAT NA ITANIM AY KAILANGANG HEAT - AT BOLTING-TOLERANT, MATAMIS, WALANG TINATAWAG NA TIP BURN, WALANG SAKIT O PESTE AT MATAAS ANG ANI.

SA MGA LUGAR NAMAN KUNG SAAN ANG TEMPERATURA AY KATAMTAMAN LAMANG, NGUNIT LIMITADO ANG SUNLIGHT, REKUMENDADO NG MGA EKSPERTO ANG PAGTATANIM NG LOOSE-LEAF LETTUCE TULAD NG LOLLO ROSSA, KAILANGAN DIN ITONG BOLTING TOLERANT, COMPACT, MADALING MAKABAWI SA TOTOONG KULAY NITO AT OK ANG ANI.

KAILANGAN LAMANG NA ISIPIN PALAGI ANG GROWING CONDITIONS NG MGA LETSUGAS MAGING ANG KANILANG KATANGIAN PARA SA PAGPILI NG ANGKOP NA URI NITO PARA ITANIM SA MGA KAUKULANG LUPANG SAKAHAN.

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