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Cress Stat Summary

Plant Spacing: 1/2-1" (12-25 mm)
Row Spacing: 1/2-1" (25-25 mm)
Planting Depth: 1/8" (3 mm)
Plants Per Person: 5
Soil Temperature: 55-75°F (13-24°C)
Days to Emergence: 2-7
Recommended Soil PH: 6.2-6.8
Earliest Outdoor Planting: Before Last Frost
Tick Can direct seed outdoors

Planting Cress

Cress is an early-spring and late-fall crop; warm weather makes the plant inedible. Prefers moist fertile, humus-rich soil that has a slight acidic pH of 6.2 to 6.8. Direct sow seeds as soon as you can work the soil by broadcasting seeds in a 1 to 2 foot patch. Cover very lightly with soil or compost. Because plants can be ready to harvest in 7 to 12 days, thinning is not necessary.

Growing Cress

Keep cress well watered and provide shade when weather warms. Control weeds.

Harvesting and Storing Cress

Harvest well before it matures; begin cutting or pinching off cress when plants reach 3 to 4 inches tall. Plants cut back to 1/2 inch will quickly regrow.

Cress Insect and Disease Information

Cover with fabric row covers if flea beetles or other pests are a problem; control weeds.

Cress Yield Information

No yield information for Cress.
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