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How to Grow Mesclun Salad in a Container

Salad greens grow great in containers. For a nice variety of lettuces, plant a mesclun mix, which contains a blend of seeds.

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mesclun greens contain chicory, arugula and endive
  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Prepare the Container

Salad greens will grow well in almost any container as long as it has adequate drainage holes. Fill the container with bagged potting soil to which 1 tablespoon of slow-release organic fertilizer has been added.

use high quality potting soil for the best results

Step 2: Plant the Mesclun Seeds

Mesclun is the French term for a mix of salad greens. The traditional mesclun mix contains various tender lettuces such as chicory, arugula and endive. Sprinkle the seeds over the top of the soil, aiming to get them about 1" apart. Cover the seeds with 1/4" of potting soil. Water well.

sow mesclun salad mix seeds over top of soil

Step 3: Cultivate the Greens

Keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout. There is no need to thin the seedlings as crowding maintains moisture and prevents weeds.

colorful greens should be ready in less than month

Step 4: Harvest the Greens

In a matter of weeks, the container should be covered with tender green plants. To harvest, snip heads of lettuces at soil level to create more room for nearby heads. Lettuce heads will continue to grow new leaves, so harvest just the outer leaves of the heads that remain after thinning.