Also known as
Garden Cress, Curly Cress, Greek Cress, Upland Cress, Town Cress, Tongue Grass, Pepperwort, Pepper Grass, Golden Cress, Common garden cress
Berro, Múnich, Alemania, 2013-04-01, DD 01 by Diego Delso (CC BY-SA 3.0)
4 months to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Lepidium sativum is better known as Cress or Garden Cress. This plant is an edible annual herb that is closely related to watercress and mustard. Its peppery taste makes it a popular addition to salads, sandwiches and soups. The young shoots (sprouts) can be harvested after one or two weeks of sowing and are a good source of vitamins A, C and K. This easy to grow plant is frequently grown by young children on damp kitchen roll to create fun activities, such as egg heads.
Common problems with Cress
Generally pest and disease-free.
How to harvest Cress
Cut sprouts when they are 5cm tall or if growing in the ground at any time. The flowers and seeds are also edible.
How to propagate Cress
Press seeds into containers lined with wet tissue/cotton wool and cover with a see through top. Ensure the growing medium is not waterlogged, but does not dry out. Seeds should appear within 1 to 7 days. Seeds can also be sown outdoors in spring once the soil has warmed up.
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Fun To Grow
Fun varieties to grow for young and old alike
Grow these leafy greens in your windowsill over the winter months for quick and tasty micro leaves.