Lettuce Explain Bolting

Are your lettuce or spinach plants suddenly very tall? They may be bolting! This is when they send up a long flower stalk to begin the next stage of their lives – seed production! At this point, the leaves will be a little less sweet or even bitter, but you can still pick them off the flower stalk to eat.


You can pull the plant out now and re-seed more lettuce or plant something else. If you want to collect seeds from your own plant, leave it in the ground and let the flowers bloom. The seeds will be ready to harvest in 6-8 weeks.