Wrinkled Cress


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Wrinkled Cress

Lepidium sativum

A versatile bouquet filler, ready much earlier than other spring started fillers such as our favourite ‘Panicum Frosted Explosion’

Graceful, green silvery panicles, are covered with shimmering seeds adding texture to your arrangements.

Very fast growing annual excellent for early bunches and use as a ‘catch crop’ to utilise empty bed space. It can be ready for harvesting in as little as 2 months depending on the weather.

How to grow:

Sow seeds onto the surface of the compost in modules. Easy to germinate, an unheated greenhouse should be sufficient.

The root ball is much smaller than other annuals so rather than potting on, plant straight out into final flowering positions as smaller plugs, after the last frosts.

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Variety:  Lepidium sativum
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full Sun
Sow: Spring
Space: 10cm apart (plant as 40 cell plugs)
Height: 75-90cm
Harvest: Depending on sowing time, as early as May/June with no special care required.
Seeds per packet: 100 (Approx. counted by weight)

Cutting /Vase Life:

Pick as soon as the seeds have formed all the way to the tip.  These stems do not need any special conditioning other than resting in water, preferably overnight.  Click for more detailed information on conditioning.

Excellent vase life of 7-10 days or Dry stems upside down in a cool dry location out of direct sunlight.