How to Grow Cress | Guide to Growing Cress

How to Grow Cress | Guide to Growing Cress  



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The easiest of the cresses to grow, garden cress can be harvested in as little as two weeks after sowing. It’s peppery taste adds zing to salads, but hot weather makes this cool-season crop bitter and inedible.


Seeds or Seedlings

2 to 7 days, 55F to 75F

5 years

Well Drained

Full Sun, Part Shade

12-24 sq. in. patch

12-24 sq. in. patch

7 to 12

Growing Guide
Prefers part shade during hot summer weather.

Prefers moist, fertile soil with high organic matter and pH 6.0 to 6.7

Curly cress leaves have ruffled edges resembling parsley

Plant in early spring as soon as you can work the soil. Broadcast seed and cover very lightly with soil or compost. A small patch (1- to 2-feet square) provides plenty of cress.

Make succession plantings every 2 to 3 weeks until weather warms. Start planting fall crops when weather cools in late summer.

You can intercrop cress with carrots or radishes, or mix it with other salad green crops.

Keep cress well watered and provide shade when weather warms.

Cover with fabric row covers if flea beetles or other pests are a problem.


Harvesting Guide
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.

The seeds of Persian broadleaf press can be easily stored, the seeds grow in pods and one can easily detach a mature pod and place it upside down in a paper bag.9 After three months the seeds are properly dried and by shaking the bag they will fall out of the pod and should be kept in a tightly sealed jar.

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