Watercress Seeds that Don’t Need to Be Grown in Water

There is a kind of cress that grow, not in water like the typical watercress, but on land.  It is called landcress.

Also known as American Cress, landcress tastes quite similar to watercress – peppery, but a bit more subtle compared to its aquatic counterpart.  Where watercress cannot be available, landcress can be used as it is utilized in much the same way: in salads, soups and sandwiches.  It can be eaten raw or lightly cooked.

Landcress loves water, too, but does not appreciate being partially placed underwater for long periods of time.  They need to be planted in full sun in order to thrive.  They are also very easy to grow.

Planted during the summer, this plant will surely give you a continuous supply after just eight weeks.  They can also be sown in September for overwintering.  A hardy biennal, landcress can be grown outdoors in open ground and even in containers.

Landcress is also full of vitamins and minerals.  It is an excellent source of iron, betacarotene and vitamin C.

To grow landcress, seeds must be sown half an inch deep into the soil.  They should placed at least 12 inches apart in groups.  Caring for landcress is easy, too.  Just keep the soil moist but not soggy, remove flower stalks when they appear and keep it protected from snails and slugs.





2 Responses to “Watercress Seeds that Don’t Need to Be Grown in Water”

  1. mike says:

    is there a watercress which is not edible? thanks

  2. admin says:


    I don’t think so but some watercress leaves become inedible once the plant has flowered.

    Also, the taste of watercress can depend greatly on when & where it is grown…