Soil

What soil is good for Land Cress?

Moisture retentive soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun does Land Cress need?

Full sun to part shade. 

Frost Tolerant

Is Land Cress frost tolerant?

Tolerates light frosts

Spacing

How much space does Land Cress need?

Roughly 15cm apart 

Planting

When should I plant Land Cress?

Land Cress is a cool season crop, usually planted from autumn through to spring. 

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Land Cress?

Generally not required if the soil is prepared well, however if plants seem to be struggling than a light application of organic fertiliser should be applied. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Land Cress?

Trim the outer leaves at the base as required. The more mature the leaf, the stronger and more peppery the flavour becomes.  

Pests

What pests does Land Cress get?

Aphids, Slug, Snail

Diseases

What diseases does Land Cress get?

Brown Spot, Downy Mildew, Damping Off, Black Rot

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Land Cress?

Cabbage Moths enjoy laying their eggs on the leaves of Land Cress plants. Land Cress however, contains a substance which is toxic to their offspring and the Cabbage Moth larvae often die after feeding on the leaves. Land cress is therefore often used as a sacrificial plant and inter-planted into garden beds to help prevent damage to Brassica plants.   

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