Plant Care Indian Cress

Indian Cress

3.8 out of 5 (13 experiences)

Indian Cress has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Indian Cress has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Garden Nasturtium, Garden Nasturtium, Nasturtium, Indian cress, Monks cress, Jeepers Creepers and Alaska Nasturtium

Taxonomy

Tropaeolum majus
Tropaeolum
Tropaeolaceae
Brassicales

How to care for Indian Cress

💦 Water

How often to water your Indian Cress

Water needs for Indian Cress
0.5 cups
every 9

Indian Cress needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Indian Cress

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Garden Nasturtium in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Indian Cress: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Indian Cress love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Indian Cress does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Indian Cress in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Indian Cress

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Indian Cress: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Indian Cress after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Indian Cress is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Garden Nasturtium →

Common Garden Nasturtium Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Indian Cress prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Garden Nasturtium Water Frequency →

Garden Nasturtium Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Indian Cress requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Garden Nasturtium Light Requirements →

Garden Nasturtium Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Indian Cress is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Garden Nasturtium Toxicity to Cats →


🪴 Soil

Indian Cress does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Garden Nasturtium →

When and How to Successfully Repot Garden Nasturtium →


💩 Fertilizer

Indian Cress is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Indian Cress is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Garden Nasturtium →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Indian Cress can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Garden Nasturtium Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Indian Cress can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Indian Cress

Indian Cress

Indian Cress


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Indian Cress has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Indian Cress has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Indian Cress has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Indian Cress has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Indian Cress has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
@Crim avatar
@@Crim
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 147 XP
08/03/2021

I have never been able to keep a flower alive but this flower was my first. They are really beautiful flowers with unique and amazing petals. It’s very easy to over water or under water them and their pot cannot be too small or else they will not bloom. Other than that they are easy plants that are super fun to have around.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Aro avatar
@@Aro
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Choctaw, OK
07/31/2021

Watering this plant is the trickiest part! Greg helps with this though, but also the blooms die easily if they aren’t watered right so be careful!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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@Logan
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 53 XP
globe Vancouver, WA
06/19/2021

Don’t try to grow it from a seed it’s a dick

Browns easily Browns easily
@Cathryn_arch1 avatar
@@Cathryn_arch1
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 292 XP
globe Middletown, MD
05/19/2021

Sol is super easy to care for water around once a week , the plant will bloom sometimes not usually all the time though it really has a mind of its own

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@hannahturtle avatar
@@hannahturtle
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 220 XP
05/16/2021

Easy to grow by seed! Has a germination period of 24 hours in water before planting.

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@Sadie
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 80 XP
globe Suffield, CT
05/15/2021

it takes forever to grow

Marley avatar
@Marley
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 33 XP
globe Vernon, British Columbia
05/03/2021

if you purchase jumbo seeds, the plant will get super big, super fast. i had to use a paintbrush in the soil to make sure it stayed up, but now the plant itself is strong enough to stand up on its own. i dont water it too often (maybe once every two days), and i really love the appearance of this plant, although it hasnt sprouted any flowers yet.

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@@PlantLife
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 11,683 XP
globe Miami, FL
03/30/2021

Beautiful, edible plant. It’s easy to collect the seeds and grow more. There are many varieties, and they are great as companion plants to lots of food crops. Put the leaves and flowers in a salad for some spice!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@gabbaroo avatar
@@gabbaroo
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 95 XP
03/10/2021

needs direct sunlight

Fast grower Fast grower

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