Transplanting Lettuce

I have lettuce plants that have been transplanted to head. Occasionally

I find a head that has withered away and upon examining it find it

rotted away at the stem. Can you suggest a remedy for it?

Your lettuce plants are destroyed by the "damping, off" fungus. It would

be preventable by reducing the amount of moisture until the transplanted

plant had opportunity to re-establish itself in the soil and thus come

into condition to take water. The chance of it could also be reduced by

using a certain amount of sand in connection with the soil, unless it is

already very sandy, and by a shallow covering of sand on the surface

around the plants after they are reset, in order to prevent too great

accumulation of moisture.

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