|Perennial Vegetable / Herb
|Up to 60 cm
|May to October
|Site and soil type:
|Grow in a container, preferably in a shady spot.
|When to sow:
|Spring to early summer for outdoor growing, all year round for indoor growing
|Where to sow:
|Outside, into compost filled large container or under cover, into modules or pots.
|Approximately 250 seeds / 0.71 g
Watercress has a peppery flavour and is a delicious addition to salads.
The dark green leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals including iron and vitamins C. K and A.
Most of the plant can be eaten, leaves, stems and even the white flowers, all apart from the roots.
While commercially grown and wild watercress is grown in flowing water, it is very easy to grow at home as long as the soil is kept damp. It is easiest to grow it in a large pot or container.
If you don't have space outside, or in cooler weather, watercress can be grown on windowsills indoors.
Harvest the plants from the top when they are large enough. If you don't cut the plants too near to their base new side shoots should appear and give you fresh leaves.
Watercress attracts / provides food for the following creatures:
- Green-veined White butterfly 🐛
- An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **
All our seed packets include sowing instructions.
Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.
Key to symbols:
🐛 A food plant for the caterpillar
🦋 Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly
🦇 (RHS) Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list
** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at rhs.org.uk/plantsforpollinators
** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.