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Cress Seeds

Organic Cressida Cress Seeds

Lepidium sativum

A curly-leaved, vigorous, mildly spicy variety can be grown indoors like sprouts, in containers or densely planted in outdoor gardens. Produces from spring to fall and is great for salads or garnish.

  • USDA Organic

Plant Size : 3 -8 inches

Hardiness : Hardy Annual

Sun : Full

Seed Planting Depth : 0.125"

Days to Harvest : 20 days

Good For Container : Yes

Heirloom size: Open Pollinated

Easy to Grow: Yes

Water: Moderate

Days to Germination: 2 - 7 Days

Plant spacing with in a row: 1" - 3"

Edible Flower : N/A

Grow Guide Conditions:


Cress prefers cool, moist conditions and does well in full or partial sun. Upland cress may overwinter even in the north before going to seed.

Grow Guide Seed:


Optimum germination occurs at soil temperatures from 60–70°F, but seeds will germinate at as low as 45°F. Cressida is ready to harvest in as few as 10 days. For this reason it is often grown indoors all year round. Spread seeds thickly over moist paper towels in a shallow dish or tray and place in a spot that gets indirect light. Keep towels moist. Harvest sprouts with scissors. Upland Cress can be seeded directly in the garden beginning in mid-spring. Plant seeds ¼” deep, 12-15 seeds per foot, in rows 12” apart. Keep moist. Thin seedlings to 4-6” apart.

Grow Guide Pests:


Cress is generally pest-free.

Grow Guide Harvest:


Cut leaves/sprouts with scissors as needed. Make succession plantings to ensure a constant supply. Cut leaves will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Wait to wash them until just prior to use to prevent rot. Use a salad spinner to wash and spin dry or pat dry on clean towels. Upland Cress is often used as a substitute for true watercress in soups, butters and salads.