(Lepidium sativum) Annual. Curly, ruffled leaves with a sweet, peppery flavor.
A gourmet favorite in baby lettuce mixes and garnishes.
|Germination Temperature||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Sun|
|45-75||1/4"||5-15||1"||6"||Partial to Full|
Sow outside 1-2 weeks before average last frost. Start indoors 2-4 weeks before average last frost. Transplant outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.
Grows quickly and easily from seed.
Thrives in damp, well-drained soil.
Cool season annual best grown in early spring or fall.
Cut or pinch out cress tips as needed, cut-and-come-again. Begin cutting plants when they reach 3 to 4 inches tall. Plants cut back to ½ inch will quickly regrow. Cress is most tender at the early seed-leaf stage; harvest cress well before it matures. Sprouts can also be used fresh.