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Any opinions of this: I planted a type of red leaf lettuce in a container last summer and it grew well. I added it to my salads all summer. In the fall I emptied the container and discarded the plant. Today I was working on my garden and I noticed that in the crack between my patio stones and the house, right where the container with the lettuce grew last year, there is a plant growing that appears to be the lettuce! Does lettuce reseed or could a root have grown out of the bottom of the container and survived all winter? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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Lettuce does reseed. If the plant grew tall (about 2-3 feet) and you left it alone (it would have been very bitter at that point) it could have reseeded itself. I do not think that lettuce grows from rootlets being a tap-root plant. Arent the gifts of nature grand?
 

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If the lettuce went to seed, you would have seen the flowers, and seeds.<br><br><br><br>
It seems possible, but unlikely, that some root tissue insinutated itself outside the bottom of the container, started a new plant by vegetative reproduction, and survived the winter. Depends on the temp. Lettuce tends to die rapidly below 32 deg F. If you had a very mild winter where the soil on the patio never got below 32 deg F, a piece of root might have sprouted, maybe, but seems unlikely. I think that generally only large sections of main tap root and stem will regrow. Not little pieces of root. When they regrow, they usually produce a diminutive plant-top, not a normal full-sized lettuce plant top like that which would grow inititally from seed.
 

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Well, thanks for your help. I guess it must have reseeded. I'm going to see if I can dig it up from the crack and plant it with my tomato plants. I already have another lettuce growing there. If it grows I'll be able to make great salads!
 
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