LEPTOSYNE

H. A. Very quickly raised from seed sown in a frame and transplanted when hardened or in open ground in May. It will blossom in 6 weeks, keep in display till autumn and requires only average soil. The variety Leptosyne stillmani Golden Rosette has double golden-yellow flowers and is excellent for cutting.

LETTUCE. The tender crispness of these easily-raised salad plants can now be enjoyed nearly all the year round. For an early crop sow ½ m- deep in February on a slight hotbed, and transplant in April on a sheltered border; again in the middle of March and in succession every fortnight. For winter and spring use sow the varieties All the Year Round, or Continuity (a bronze leaf). The former can also be sown for succession at any time of year and stands up to dry weather. The first week in August and in September, plant in good rich garden soil, 1 ft. apart each way, and during dry weather give a liberal supply of water. The seedlings from the last sowing should be transplanted 4 in. each way under a south wall, for planting out in early spring. For very early use see INTENSIVE CULTURE. Frequent sowings avoid a glut one month and none the next. Treat for quick growth by having soil well manured so that when ready they are still tender. Dust with derris to combat aphids (greenfly). Among the best lettuces for sowing in April are Tom Thumb and Webb’s Wonderful. The first makes compact, small hearts and is ideal for small gardens. The latter stands up well in a dry season. Lettuces do not transplant well when the season is advanced, and may ‘bolt’ if transplanted after May.

The cos lettuces grow rather taller than the cabbage type. The modern varieties are self-blanching and do not need tying. Sugar cos is one of the best varieties, hearting well and with a superb flavour.

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