Water cress is a perennial Herb that is one of the fast growing plants with leaves and stems with a slightly tangy or peppery flavor. Watercress is very healthy for us as it contains vitamin A and C also rich in iron and calcium. Water cress is one of the oldest well known leafy vegetable consumed by humans and is grown for its super flavor. Watercress grows partially submerged in running water and flooded areas in moderately cool climates. Grow your own versatile kitchen leafy plant watercress and it can be used to make salad, delicious soups or added to smoothies and sandwiches. Buy the Best Quality Water Cress Imported Seeds Online at the best price in India from www.organicbazar.net with a good germination rate.
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- Number of Water Cress Imported Seeds: 300 Seeds
- Where to grow: Balcony or terrace garden
- Sowing season: Throughout the year (Best Sowing Time Spring)
- Mode of sowing: Sow the seeds 0.5 cm deep in a Container, or Pots.
- Germination temperature: 10-20°C
- Germination Time: 7 to 10 days from sowing
- Harvest: 25-30 days
Watercress Growing Season In India
Watercress grows rapidly in mild cool climates and the most favorable season for sowing seeds of watercress leafy plants is spring (February to April).
How To Grow Watercress In Container
Watercress is a leafy plant that grows best in mild cool and moist soil. Usually water cress seeds are sown directly instead of transplanting. To plant water cress, you need a pot or grow bag at least 15 inches deep with well-drained holes. Watercress plant germinates best in cool conditions (50-60°F or 10-15°C) but not frigid.
You can also grow water cress seeds as a microgreen on a windowsill and harvest the small leaves when the stem is about 2 inches high.
Water Cress Seeds Sowing Method
Take a pot fill with potting mix then sow the water cress seeds about ¼ inch deep into the soil, 3-4 inches apart from each seeds. Keep the planting soil moist but not soggy. You can keep seedling indoor or outdoor in light temperature. Leafy watercress seeds germinate in 7-14 days (depending on growing conditions).
How To Fertilize Watercress Plant
Watercress is a low maintenance plant; it does not need any feed after planting. But if you want to apply any fertilizer, then use nitrogen rich liquid fertilizer every 1-2 weeks.
Watercress Care Tips
Water – Watercress need proper water to grow well; give regular water, keep soil moist and avoid over watering.
Soil – Watercress should be planted in consistently wet soil with a soil pH of 6.5 to 7.5.
Sunlight – Watercress require at least 4-6 hours of natural sunlight every day.
Temperature – Ideal growing temperature for watercress is between 10-24 degree Celsius.
Common pests and disease – Some pests like snail, whiteflies and spider mites that can eat the leaves of watercress plant. To avoid these pests use neem oil spray on watercress plants.
Pruning – Cutting and pruning the plant will encourage them to be thicker and lush.
Water Cress Harvesting
- Within 20-30 days of seeds sowing, you can harvest watercress leaves.
- Cut the watercress leaves when they are about 4 inches high; regular harvesting will encourage their growth.
- Harvest the watercress leaves with scissor and then it will grow back at least once. And you’ll enjoy a consistent harvest if you keep sowing seeds every few weeks.
- The leaves turn bitter when the plant starts producing their small white flowers.
Water Cress Special Features
- Common name – Jalkumbhi (In Hindi)
- Scientific name – Nasturtium officinale
- Height – 4-6 inches
- Companion planting – Chives, peppermint and wintergreen
Which parts of a water cress plant are edible?
The entire watercress plant is edible, including the flower.
Where does water cress grows best?
Watercress prefers light shade but grow best in sunny position.
What is the best way to grow watercress?
Water cress can grow in different ways but sowing from seeds is best way to grow.
What happens if the leaves of watercress are harvested after the plant has bloomed?
You can harvest the leaves after the plant has bloomed but they are less flavorful.
Does water cress need full sun?
Watercress prefers sunny spot when indoors; and they grow best in at least 4-6 hours of sunlight.
Does watercress grow back?
Yes, after harvesting of watercress; it will grow back at least once.
Why is watercress turning yellow?
Yellowing of watercress is due to keeping the plant in a warm place.
How to grow watercress plants faster?
Water cress plants give the best result when growing in moist and nitrogen rich soil.
Why are my watercress seeds not germinating?
Water cress seeds will not germinate because of improper growing conditions like not getting enough sunlight, sowing seeds too deep in the soil, over watering or under watering.
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