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Cress, Upland
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Barbarea verna

This easy-to-grow, dryland version of watercress forms dark green rosettes of succulent leaves that are great on cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches. This plant is sometimes referred to as 'creasy greens' by those below the Mason-Dixon line.

Calendar Days to Harvest: 50

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05697 Pack, Cress, Upland
300 seeds $ 3.49
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  • Open Pollinated
  • Size: 6 -10 inches
  • Hardiness: Hardy Annual
  • Easy to Grow: Yes
  • Sun: Full/Partial
  • Water: Moderate
  • Seed Planting Depth: 0.25"
  • Days to Germination: 3-7 days
  • Plant spacing within a row: 4"-6"
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Start From Seed: Detailed instructions for direct seeding, or starting seeds indoors and transplanting.
Optimum germination occurs at soil temperatures from 60–70°F, but seeds will germinate at as low as 45°F. Cressida is ready to harvest in as few as 10 days. For this reason it is often grown indoors all year round. Spread seeds thickly over moist paper towels in a shallow dish or tray and place in a spot that gets indirect light. Keep towels moist. Harvest sprouts with scissors. Upland Cress can be seeded directly in the garden beginning in mid-spring. Plant seeds ¼” deep, 12-15 seeds per foot, in rows 12” apart. Keep moist. Thin seedlings to 4-6” apart.
Growing Conditions: Growing seasons, soil types, water and fertility requirements.
Cress prefers cool, moist conditions and does well in full or partial sun. Upland cress may overwinter even in the north before going to seed.
Pest Prevention: Organic solutions to common problems.
Cress is generally pest-free.
Harvest: Is it ready yet? When to harvest and how to store your garden produce.
Cut leaves/sprouts with scissors as needed. Make succession plantings to ensure a constant supply. Cut leaves will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Wait to wash them until just prior to use to prevent rot. Use a salad spinner to wash and spin dry or pat dry on clean towels. Upland Cress is often used as a substitute for true watercress in soups, butters and salads.
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