Watercress Germination Information

Watercress Seed Germination How to Sow Watercress:

  • Sow outdoors in early spring through summer in a source of water such as a stream, bog, or pond
  • Indoors, sow in a medium kept constantly wet and at a temperature of 55°
  • Expect germination in 7-10 days
  • DO NOT cover the seed

How to Grow Watercress:

Grow in a stream, pond, or bog. If that is unavailable, grow in the shade in an area that is very rich and can be kept constantly wet. Watercress may also be grown in tanks or tubs by placing a few inches of rich soil in the bottom, setting the plants in the soil, and filling the tank with water to the tips of the shoots. Keep the water running constantly, or change it at least once a week. Watercress prefers cold water



Appearance and Use:

Watercress is an aquatic plant with thin, divided leaves and terminal tufts of 4-petaled flowers. It has a pungent flavor and odor. Cut shoots at any time for use in salads, sandwiches, soups, and many other dishes


About Watercress:
Botanical name: Nasturtium officinale
Pronunciation:  nas-tur’shum o-fi-shi-na’le
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Brassicaceae, native to Europe