Good & Bad Lettuce Companion Plants
You want to grow lettuce at home but are not entirely sure what plants to grow with lettuce?
Great! Stick with me since I will show you the best lettuce companion plants in the following article.
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Why do I need Companion Plants to grow Lettuce?
While you could grow lettuce without other plants near them, it is not that advisable since the right companion plants can have great positive effects on the overall growth behavior of your lettuce.
For instance, good companion plants can serve as ground cover, improve soil conditions, attract pollinators, provide shade and can keep away pests.
As you can see, good companion plants can really make a positive difference for your lettuce growth project.
However, there are also bad companion plants which you should never plant near lettuce.
Hence, make sure to check out the following tables to find the best companion plants for lettuce and to avoid the ones that could do more harm than good.
Good Lettuce Companion Plants
|Companion Plant||Why is it good?|
|Cucumbers||Provide shade to your lettuce.|
|Strawberries||Enhance the flavor of your lettuce.|
|Carrots||Loosen the soil.|
|Beets||Loosen the soil.|
|Radish||Loosens the soil.|
|Eggplants||Improve soil conditions.|
|Asparagus||Source of shade and loosens the soil.|
|Calendula||Attract slugs away from lettuce.|
|Nasturtiums||Keep away aphids from your lettuce.|
|Chervil||Keeps away slugs.|
|Cilantro||Keeps away pests.|
|Potatoes||Loosen the soil and more efficient space use.|
Bad Lettuce Companion Plants
|Companion Plant||Why is it bad?|
|Sunflowers||Can prevent seed germination of lettuce.|
|Cabbage||Prevent seed germination.|
|Kale||Feed on similar nutrients.|
|Cauliflower||Feed on similar nutrients.|
|Fennel||Can inhibit the growth of your lettuce.|
|Broccoli||Prevent seed germination.|
|Kohlrabi||Prevent seed germination.|
|Brussels Sprouts||Prevent seed germination.|
Best & Worst Lettuce Companion Plants – Summary
|Best Companion Plants||Worst Companion Plants|
What should you plant with Lettuce?
Good companion plants for lettuce are onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, eggplants, strawberries, radish, calendula, nasturtiums, beets, corn, asparagus, potatoes, chervil, chives, turnips and cilantro.
You should not plant lettuce with cabbage, broccoli, kale, sunflowers, fennel, cauliflower, brussels sprouts or kohlrabis.
If you want to get more information on how to grow lettuce, make sure to check out my grower’s guide on how to grow lettuce from seed to harvest step-by-step.
About the Author
My name is Andreas and I’m really passionate about our environment and also about growing plants. In fact, I have grown several different plants over many years. I love to see my plants grow and also always try new things to improve my overall conditions at home.
In my blog posts, I want to share my experiences with you so that you can become successful in growing various different plants and improving your home as well, even though you might still be a beginner right now.