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How to grow watercress

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Watercress is an aquatic plant that thrives along gently flowing streams; if you have a water feature in your garden it's a good place to plant your watercress. However, you may also create an aquatic area in the ground or in a container to meet the needs of your plants
  • Watercress is a perennial that grows best in water, lending itself well to a hydroponic system in your home. Seeds may take up to 14 days to germinate and do best under cool, moist conditions. The plant also does well after being started indoors and transplanted during the growing season
  • Consider creating a bog in your garden to grow watercress or use containers to create the same effect indoors or outside. Harvest your plants before they begin to flower as the leaves will have a more bitter flavor
  • Watercress may be stored in a glass of water, in much the same way you would place the cut end of flowers in water, and then in the refrigerator. Stored this way they may last up to five days; at the end of the season consider pulling a few out by the roots and placing in water to last longer in your cooler

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is a leafy green member of the Brassicaceae family and a close cousin of mustard greens, cabbage and arugula. During the summer months, watercress produces tiny white flowers with edible seeds.


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