Seeds - Cress, Belle Isle OG

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Description: Very dark green, deeply lobed glossy leaves are exceptionally nutritious. Named for an island on which shipwrecked 17th century Portuguese sailors survived the winter thanks to this little plant. Rich in Vitamin C, calcium, iron and especially Vitamin A. Best quality in cooler weather. Early spring/late fall crop · Upright habit.

Pack Size: 1/32 ounce

Latin Name: Barbarea verna
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 50 days
Exposure: Full sun
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic

Germination: 1 - 3 days at 15-21° C.
Sowing: Indoors 2 - 3 weeks before last frost date. Sow 5 - 8 seeds per cell or plug. For best results, apply  Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Depth: Surface to 1/4”. Lightly press into the planting medium.
Outdoors: Direct seed in early June, once soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Direct-seeding is an easy way to start healthy cress!
Seed Spacing: Prepare the soil or pots and sprinkle seeds. Lightly tamp or sprinkle a light covering of soil over the seeded area.

Pruning: Begin clipping leaves in 7-10 days, and continue for 2-3 weeks. Sow every 3 weeks for a continuous supply.

Harvesting: Harvest young, tender leaves. Use sharp scissors.

Growing in Containers: Well-suited for containers 6 in. and up.

Fertilizing (Containers): Add 25% Sea Soil™ to potting mix at time of transplant.No additional fertilizer required for this fast-producing crop.

Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor every day or two during very hot weather.

Growing in Mixed Planters: Well-suited for larger mixed planters, plant with other leafy greens.

Fertilizing (Garden): Add quality compost to your garden bed before planting.

Watering (Garden): Water young plants daily to get them established, then water only as required.

Suitability for Indoors: Not ideal for indoors, but can be grown as a specialized crop.

Exposure: Brightest available.

What about Grow Lights? Fluorescent grow lights are useful if growing indoors during the winter months.

General Indoor Care: 

  • Plan for multiple indoor sows to maintain a constant supply (under lights or as a micro green).
  • Provide good air circulation.

Indoor Container Suggestions: Minimum 6" pot with drainage holes.

Winter Fertilizing: Add 25% compost to your potting mix; no additional fertilizing will be required.

Winter Watering: Water as soil feels dry to the touch. Check on plants every 1 - 2 days.

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