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Garden Cress

Lepidium sativum

Berro, Múnich, Alemania, 2013-04-01, DD 01 by Diego Delso (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

10cm

5cm

Min

1cm

4 months to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images

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Overview

Lepidium sativum 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.

Common problems

Generally pest and disease-free.

    Harvesting

    Cut sprouts when they are 5cm tall or if growing in the ground at any time. The flowers and seeds are also edible.

    Propagation

    Seed

    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.

    Special Features

    Attractive flowers

    Crop rotation

    Indoor plant