Growing Cress Herb Seed

  • Days to Maturity: Annual, 25-40
  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Planting Depth: 1/2"
  • Plant Spacing: 8-10”
  • Growth Habit: Upright
  • Soil Preference: Moist and rich
  • Temp Preference: Cool
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
  • Color: Yellow-green leaves with white or pink flowers
  • Flavor: Spicy, tangy with hints of radish

Sowing and Growing

Since garden cress is cool-season and hardy, you can direct-sow seeds 2 weeks before your region’s last frost. If you’re planting to eventually transplant, sow seeds indoors about 4-6 weeks before the average last frost date. Germination can take 5-15 days. This kind of cress desires a sunny environment, but can stand partial shade. Garden cress is fairly low maintenance, just be sure to keep it watered.


You can harvest younger garden cress sprouts by pinching the tops as needed. Cut the stems and leaves once the true leaves appear or grow at least 3” tall. Harvest before this plant matures, as garden cress reaches its prime early. Garden cress is often used in salads, sandwiches or eaten as a microgreen.

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