Field lettuce production


Lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) is an annual of the Asteraceae family and native to the Mediterranean.

It is thought to have originated in Europe and Asia and been cultivated for at least 2000 years.

The cultivated lettuce Lactuca sativa is a popular salad vegetable and is grown on all continents throughout the world including Australia.

This Primefact includes information on:

  • Production
  • Lettuce types
  • Sowing
  • Nutrition
  • Climate and varietal selection
  • Weed control
  • Irrigation
  • Spray application
  • Disease control
  • Insect pest control
  • Yield and harvesting
  • Cost of production
  • Storage and production


Agfact H8.1.40 First Edition

Published: May 2004