How to grow
• CORN salad is a cold-weather crop, best grown in autumn, winter and spring. In hot weather, plants grow much more slowly and are more susceptible to mildew and bolting. Above 17°C, seeds will go dormant. • SOW outside in autumn for winter and early spring crops, and again in early spring in greenhouse beds, or in containers for transplanting out for early spring pickings. • CORN salad prefers an open, sunny site in a deep, rich, fertile soil for continuous growth, although it tolerates most soils, and wet and dry conditions. • PLANTS can be grown as cutand-come-again seedlings or as single plants. Sow for single plants in well-watered drills, 1cm deep in rows 20-30cm apart and thin progressively to 10cm apart. Plants can also be grown in 25cm pots. • LEAVES can be picked as required (be careful not to remove too many at once) or lift whole plants when mature, about 3 months after sowing. • VARIETIES There are two varieties available in New Zealand. Verte de Cambrai is hardier for winter harvesting and is found in some garden centres in autumn. Dutch Large Seeded has a more upright growth and slightly larger leaves.