This hardy perennial grows wild along streams and can be cultivated in moist soil. Its dark green, small crisp leaves and young stems have a peppery flavor. It is recommended to harvest when young as watercress becomes bitter when it starts to flower. High in vitamins A and C.
- Cool season annual
- Approx. 2250-5500 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 50-60 days
- Planting season: Late spring/early fall
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Cultivation: Watercress prefers cool temperatures and bright shade. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring after last frost or in early fall, either in rows or by broadcasting seed. For row planting see chart information. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Harvest watercress close to soil level when stems are about 8-10” long, using scissors to cut the leaves and tender stems. Never harvest more than a third of any plant at one time.
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Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: It is delicious in watercress soup, pesto green (we call it cresto), sautéed with garlic, or as a fresh garnish. Use in tofu, egg, potato and cheese dishes.