Sales of lettuce seeds have soared as savvy shoppers take measures to try to protect themselves from supermarket rationing.Vegetable lovers have taken to growing their own lettuce after bad weather across Europe led to a shortage in supplies of lettuce, rocket and courgettes.Crocus, the UK’s biggest gardening website, said it had seen year-on-year sales of lettuce seeds grow by 270 per cent since the supermarket shortage began.Vegetable supply issues have left supermarkets resorting to rationing the number of lettuce heads customers can buy, while a number of the biggest retailers removed them from their online arms entirely.The price of the vegetable has rocketed in shops that do have a supply. Green-fingered c ustomers have taken a pragmatic approach to the crisis, it seems, by opting to grow their own vegetables.Although it is still too early to begin planting seeds, several garden centres have said they have seen sales surge. Alleyn Park Garden Centre in London said they were running low on lettuce seeds, while Scott Wilkinson from Hayes Garden World said the store had seen an increase in sales.”For what we should expect at this time in the season, given that it’s still early, there has been an increase,” he said.Webbs Garden Centre in Worcestershire said they had also seen an increase. Cardwell Garden Centre near Gourock, Inverclyde, said it has almost sold out of packets of lettuce seeds after sales surged.Bosses at the centre say they have been inundated with requests for advice on how to grow lettuce both indoors and in outside gardens.Cardwell horticulturist Brian Hawthorne said the lettuce shortage may just be the tip of the iceberg as courgettes are also in short supply after unusually cold weather in normally warm Mediterranean countries devastated the harvest.He said: “In all my years working as a horticulturist I’ve never known so many people coming into the garden centre asking how they can grow their own lettuce and courgettes.”I’d encourage people to grow their own lettuce, courgettes and other vegetables, as it’s quite easy and anyway, home-grown veg always tastes better.”Scotsdales Nursery and Garden Centre in Cambridge said that as the temperature improves, they expect more customers will start to think about growing their own vegetables and salads for the summer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Sales of lettuce seeds soar in wake of shortage as shoppers try
Last Updated on: September 25th, 2019 at 8:12 am, by