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Cress or garden cress, haleem in marathi, is a fast growing edible herb genetically related to watercress and mustard. It has a tangy peppery flavour and is used extensively in soups, sandwiches or salads and as microgreens. It is rich in fiber and is a potent laxative that ensures a healthy gut. it is also used to treat colic in children.

Lights, Water, Action

Got the seeds, now, let'em shoot!

  • Bright Indirect Sunlight

    Light

    bright indirect sunlight

  • Water Once A Week

    Watering

    Water daily

  • Average Warmth

    Time Till Harvest

    7-8 weeks

  • Indoor

    Where to grow

    indoor, shaded outdoor

  • Low Maintenance

    Seasonal Information

    All seasons

Did You Know

Growth stages

One step at a time, with a lil water and light.

Sow the seeds in a big pot and water it daily

Sow the seeds 0.5 cm deep in well composted soil

Make sure the plant gets partial sunlight

Space the seedlings at 45cm by 60cm

Create a support system for the leaves and stems

Germination will take place in 8-10 days

Create a support system for the leaves and stems

Harvest in 55-60 days from sowing

Sow, Grow, Reap

Good things take time and care

Take a seedling tray with medium sized cells & drainage holes at the

Sowing

  • Cress is easy to grow and can be grown all year round directly into the growing container that should be wider than it is deep.
  • Take a wide pot/tray and fill it wtith moist cocopeat.
  • Sprinkle the cress seeds evenly on top of the moist growing medium without overcrowding and cover the seeds with a light sprinkling of the same growing medium.
  • Make sure that the seeds are not buried deep.
  • Water the setup immediately and by misting it with a spray can. Ensure that the seeds do not get uncovered or displaced.
  • Ensure tha the pot remains moist at all times by misting it regulalry.
Fill the cells/cups with a moist coco-peat medium

Caring

  • Keep the growing container in a warrm place. The seeds will sprout in 1-2 days.
  • Never waterlog the growing medium, just ensure that it is moist at all times.
  • Once the sprouts emerge, keep the growing container in an area with bright indirect light.
  • Shoots will appear in 5-7 days and they can be harvested as microgreens for salads at this point.
  • You can keep the cress seeds growing for longer, it can grow upto 6-7 inches in 4-5 weeks.
  • Don’t worry even if the sprouts flower, they are edible too.
Hold the seeds and sow 2-3 seeds per cell/cup. Since Lavender seeds are small in size, do not sow them deep

Common Problems

1. Why is my cress not growing?
If they are not sprouting at all you either have old seed or the seed was not treated right. Seeds need moisture to grow, but they also need air. ... Cress is in the mustard family so it should sprout within 4 or 5 days. If less than half your seeds sprout you probably have old seed.

2. What are the brown spots on my cress plant?
The brown spots are due to a fungal infection that festers in warm humid weather. To avoid it, treat the seeds in hot water before planting and use a medium with good drainage and devoid of any rotting organic matter.

3. Whay are my seedlings dying after germination?
The dying off of seedlings after germination is called damping-off and can be caused by temperature and mositure imbalance. To avoid this use pathogen free seeds and shallow plant them in sterilized soil and apply mild fungicide as a preventive measure.

Spill the tea

All the plant gossip, through the grapevine. Pun intended

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

Plants with benefits

Garden cress is added to soups, sandwiches and salads for its tangy flavour. It is also eaten as sprouts, and the fresh or dried seed pods can be used as a peppery seasoning (haloon). In the United Kingdom, cut cress shoots are commonly used in sandwiches with boiled eggs, mayonnaise and salt. Cress oil is also used for dressing in salads due to its unique taste and aroma.

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

What you get

Raw cress is 89% water, 6% carbohydrates (including 1% dietary fiber), 3% protein and less than 1% fat (table). In a 100 gram amount, raw cress supplies 32 calories and numerous nutrients in significant content, including vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.
Plants growing in containers need more fertilizing than those in the ground. The more you water, the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil.

Green trivia

1.Garden cress is rarely mixed with other types of plants because it emits strong odor that negatively affects growth of the nearby plants.

2.garden cress is used to purify blood, stimulate appetite, boost immune system and memory and in treatment of dysentery, diarrhea, sore throat, asthma, and cough.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Cress and watercress?

Usually sold with the roots still attached, upland cress has the same flavor and nutrient density as watercress, but its stems and leaves are thinner and more tender, like baby watercress. ... Watercress is from the genus Nasturtium. Upland Cress, on the other hand, is from the genus Barbarea.

What is garden cress good for?

Garden cress is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. People take garden cress for coughs, vitamin C deficiency, constipation, tendency toward infection (poor immune system), and fluid retention.

What does cress taste like?

Raw watercress has a peppery taste, similar to other related plants like mustard and wasabi. Once cooked the pepperiness of watercress diminishes, leaving a distinctive vegetable flavour which tastes delicious in soups, stews and stir fries. More mature watercress can sometimes taste slightly bitter.

At Ugaoo, we firmly believe that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children. At Ugaoo, we firmly believe that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children.

At Ugaoo, we firmly believe that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children.

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