Cress is very simple to grow and it can be sown and harvested all year round. A simple nutritious crop for any one young and old to grow and even on a windowsill if space is short. Who hasn’t had an egg and cress sandwich? Brilliant as well in salads and they make a delightful garnish for all sorts of dishes. .

cress growing on soil.
Image by Robert Owen-Wahl from Pixabay

Sowing Guide

Sow all year! Harvest all year!

  1. In most cases, cress is grown indoors in the kitchen and the greenhouse. If you are sowing outdoors, choose a partially shaded spot and sprinkle lots of seeds to get really good results.
  2. Cress is grown on a range of surfaces from ordinary soil to compost to the surface of wet paper towels and cotton wool pads. The best results in our opinion come from growing in trays of fine compost somewhere indoors and our findings are that you can produce great results by all those other methods we’ve mentioned. Grow the seeds thickly.
  3. Keep the seeds in the dark until they have germinated.
  4. Move to a warm and well lit spot. They need sunlight. Keep the growing surface moist.
  5. These are like sprouts and can be harvested after at least 10 days. After 2 weeks they lose their growth as the nutrient tends to run out or they start becoming fully mature plants.
cress seeds being sown
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Extra Curled – a standard type and one that can be found at any wholesaler in bulk quantities.

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