How to Grow Mesclun – A Beginner’s Guide

mesclun plant growing in garden
Mesclun, which are known botanically as  Mesclun, are a type of vegetable that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing mesclun as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Mesclun

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the mesclun seeds spring through early summer and plant again in early fall. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when mesclun are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Mesclun the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing mesclun in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your mesclun grow. Generally, your soil should be well-drained, cool, loose, loamy soil. Soil PH levels should be around 6.5 to 6.8.

 roughly 6′ apart. roughly 10″ apart in rows. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about  .25-.5″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your mesclun seedlings  thin plants to 10″ apart when they are 2″ tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Mesclun

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your mesclun. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your mesclun should be getting full sun, which means as much sunlight as you can possibly give it, or at least 6 hours or more.

How Much to Water Mesclun

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your mesclun do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your mesclun begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Mesclun to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your mesclun grow.

It takes approximately 7-10 days to germinate, and a total of 20-50 days from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Mesclun

The best time to harvest your mesclun is 35 to 45 days after planting.

Mesclun can grow up to about 10 or 12 inches at maturity.

What Can Mesclun Be Used For?

Food Use: Different tastes, textures, and colors make for exciting salads!

Flavor Profile:  Various tastes of the different varieties of greens.

Can Mesclun Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you will ideally need a 12″+ containerfor each plant. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your mesclun around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Mesclun Safe for Bees?

Yes, mesclun are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing mesclun is bee-friendly.

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