Seed Sowing

Speedy Cress

Lepidium sativum

Cress is the simplest of food crops but is incredibly delicious. It makes a good and easy to grow Watercress substitute. Cress has a peppery flavour making it the perfect final touch to a sandwich. Cress is also a great little plant for young children to grow.

How to grow Cress plants from seed

  • When sowing indoor Cress You can literally lay the seed on damp on tissue or a small layer of compost.
  • If sowing outside, sow in blocks creating a good thick covering of cress when they germinate.
  • Rake the ground level and lightly firm. Sow cress seeds as evenly as possible over the area
  • Keep these seeds well-watered using a watering can with a rose head turned upside down. This will avoid splashing the seeds out.

How to grow cress seeds in cotton wool?

Grow a cress egg head! A great easy to grow plant that children can grow. Grow it in used egg-shells with the tops knocked off. Decorate them first with paint and draw on a face.

Fill the egg-shell with soil, kitchen roll or cotton wool and sprinkle the Cress seed on thickly. Cress will grow to make an edible hairstyle. Crop and eat when at seedling stage using a pair of scissors to harvest.

How long does cress take to grow?

Speedy cress can be grown indoors all year round, and takes just 6-8 days to reach maturity.