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Product Description

Lepidium sativum

A curly-leaved, vigorous, mildly spicy variety can be grown indoors like sprouts, in containers or densely planted in outdoor gardens. Produces from spring to fall and is great for salads or garnish.

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Quick Facts

Plant Size: 3–8 inches

Hardiness: Hardy Annual

Sun: Full

Seed Planting Depth: 0.125 inch

Days to Harvest: 20 days

Good for Container: Yes

Seed Origin: Open Pollinated

Easy to Grow: Yes

Water: Moderate

Days to Germinate: 2–7 days

Plant Spacing: 1–3 inches

Edible Flower: N/A

Growing Guide

GROW GUIDE CONDITIONS:
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.

GROW GUIDE SEED:
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 inch deep, 12–15 seeds per foot, in rows 12 inches apart. Keep moist. Thin seedlings to 4–6 inches apart.

GROW GUIDE PESTS:
Cress is generally pest-free.

GROW GUIDE HARVEST:
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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