Growing Upland Cress Microgreens
Among the three common types of cress, garden cress is a cool-season hardy annual that is also referred to as peppergrass. Fast germination and growth make this a great early spring and fall green to add a bite to your favorite salad. Garden cress shouldn’t be confused with its cousin watercress. This herb welcomes some shade, but prefers a sunny environment.
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/pink flowers
Flavor: Spice, tang, radish
Sowing and Growing
Since garden cress is cool-season and hardy, you can direct-sow seeds a couple of weeks before your region’s last frost. If you’re planting to transplant eventually, sow seeds indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before the average last frost date. Germination can take 5 to 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 when they grow at least 3 inches tall. Harvest before this plant matures, as garden cress is at its prime early. Garden cress is often used in salads, sandwiches or eaten as a microgreen.
- Microgreens & baby salad greens
- Garnishes & sandwiches
- Survival food storage
- Cooking & seasoning
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 g - Approximately 800 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 22,800 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 91,200 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 364,800 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 1,824,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 9,120,000 Seeds