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How can you tell when a head of lettuce has reformed?

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It depends on the type of lettuce. If it is a cut and come again type they do not heart up and you only pick the leaves you need. If it is a butterhead type, when the head starts to fill out feel it gently, if it feels quite firm it is ready, leave it too long and it will shoot.
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