Watercress seeds - Nasturtium officinale - Vegetable
Watercress - Nasturtium officinale
Type: Salad vegetable
Site and soil type: Grow in a container, preferably in a shady site.
When to sow: Spring for outdoors, all year round indoors.
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 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.
Sow the seeds onto the surface of a compost filled pot or planter. No need to cover the seed, just press them in onto the compost.
You only need 3-4 plants in a 12" container so sow the seeds sparingly.
The seeds should germinate within a couple of weeks.
Watercress needs permanently moist soil to grow so either stand your container in a deep saucer and keep it filled with water or water the compost very regularly. If you use a saucer it is important to change the water and flush through the pot with fresh water frequently to stop it going stagnant, especially in hot weather.
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.
Contents: Approximately 250 seeds / 0.71 g
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