Plant Care Smith's cress

Smith's cress

Also known as

Smith's cress and Smith's pepperwort

Taxonomy

Lepidium heterophyllum
Lepidium
Brassicaceae
Brassicales

How to care for Smith's cress

Water

How often to water your Smith's cress

Water needs for Smith's cress
0.5 cups
every 9

Smith's 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.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Select a city to check sunlight intensity

Finding light for Smith's cress in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Smith's cress: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Smith's cress love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Smith's cress does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Smith's cress in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Smith's cress

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Smith's 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 Smith's cress after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Smith's cress

Smith's 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.

Trending in your area

Similar to Smith's cress

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in