Growing Garden Cress Plants
Garden cress is related to watercress and can be grown in a bottle, on a cotton ball, or the traditional way in soil. Garden cress is a small-to-medium sized plant grown commercially in soil, hydroponically in water, and in containers for individual use. Its tangy, peppery flavor makes garden cress a favorite of chefs, especially in Europe. Seed plant garden cress by randomly scattering or placing them in rows. The plant can grow to 2 feet in height and produces white or light pink flowers and tiny seedpods. Garden cress requires organic rich soil and full sun in order to thrive. The seeds should be planted ¼ to ½-inch deep. Rows should be placed 3-4 inches apart. Once the plants emerge, it is best to thin them 8-12 inches apart. Re-sowing every two weeks will ensure a continual supply of these fresh greens. When the leaves reach 2 inches long, they can be harvested. If you are short on space, grow garden cress in containers or hanging baskets.
Garden cress plant care is relatively easy as long as the soil is kept evenly moist. It’s only necessary to fertilize periodically with a soluble liquid fertilizer. Weeds should be controlled during the first month while the plant is establishing. Use organic mulch, straw, shredded newspaper or grass clippings to protect plants and retain moisture.