How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Lettuce – Lactuca sativa
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Plant Description

Lettuce is a cool-season vegetable and can be direct seeded or transplanted. Leaf lettuce is most commonly grown in home gardens. These varieties have green or reddish leaves and are fast-growing and long-lasting. Head lettuce (including Bibb lettuce, Iceberg, and Romaine) can also be grown in home gardens but typically require a long, cool growing season.

Cultural Tips

Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing lettuce.

For more information about growing vegetables, visit the UC ANR California Garden Web website.

Head of butter lettuce, Lactuca sativa, in the garden.

Pests and disorders of Lettuce



Environmental disorders



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