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How to Grow Cress: A Quick and Easy Guide for Beginners

by Gregory
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How to Grow Cress: A Beginner’s Guide

What is Cress?

Cress (Lepidium sativum) is a fast-growing vegetable that’s easy to grow indoors year-round. Its peppery flavor makes it a tasty addition to salads and sandwiches.

Benefits of Growing Cress

  • Quick and easy to grow, even for beginners
  • Can be grown in small spaces
  • Ready to harvest in just a week or two
  • A good source of vitamins and minerals

How to Grow Cress Indoors


  • Wide, shallow container without holes
  • Growing medium (paper towels, cotton wool, peat-free compost)
  • Cress seeds
  • Cling film or polythene bag


  1. Fill the container with about 1 cm of growing medium.
  2. Moisten the growing medium thoroughly.
  3. Sow the cress seeds densely but not touching.
  4. Cover the container with cling film or a polythene bag.
  5. Place the container in a well-lit spot.
  6. Water as needed to keep the growing medium moist.
  7. Harvest the cress when the seedlings have two fully open green leaves.

How to Grow Cress Outdoors


  • Well-prepared, weed-free soil
  • Cress seeds


  1. Make a wide drill about 10 cm wide and 1-2 cm deep.
  2. Water the soil before sowing and allow to drain.
  3. Scatter the seeds thinly, spacing them 1-2 cm apart.
  4. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
  5. Keep watered during dry weather.


  • For a continuous harvest, sow new seeds every few days.
  • Cress can also be grown on a windowsill or in a greenhouse.
  • Add cress to your salads, sandwiches, or smoothies for a boost of flavor and nutrients.

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