Garden Cress is an easy plant to grow that prefers full sun or partial shade with moist soils. To learn how to plant garden cress, click here.
VARIETIES: Wrinked, crinkled, crumpled, persian and curly are the garden cress varieties that can be found easily from your local nursery or seed catalogs.
Soil preparation: Incorporate organic matter and a all-purpose fertilizer to your garden to prepare for planting. For more information on soil preparation, click here.
- Garden cress is planted by seed.
- To plant randomly scattering them or mass plant them in rows.
- Plant seeds ¼ - ½ inch deep.
- Rows should be 3-4 inches apart.
- Once seedlings emerge, thin plants to 8-12 inches apart.
- Re-sow seeds every 2 weeks for continuous supply of fresh leaves.
Irrigation: Keep the soil very moist by watering a few days a week. To learn more about irrigation, click here.
Fertilization: Water cress requires little fertilizer, due to the short growing time. If planting in a container fertilize periodically. To learn more about fertilization, click here.
Harvest: Begin harvesting 2-3 weeks after emergence when leaves are 2 inches long.
COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES: Weeds commonly affect the plants; continually cultivate your garden for best results. No specific diseases or insects affect the plant. To learn more about pests and diseases, click here.