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This evergreen perennial grows naturally along banks of creeks in the cooler parts of Australia. The peppery taste of watercress goes really well with sandwiches, winter dish and garnishes. The high content of Calcium, Iron and Vitamins also make watercress one of the super veggies.


How to grow watercress in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny or part shade spot in your garden with well drained soil. Enrich with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.  
  2. Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds in 20cm interval. Cover lightly with Yates Seed Raising Mix and water well.   
  3. Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liquid Plant Food
  4. Harvest by cutting with scissors above ground level – this will also help encourage more leafy growth. Sow successive crops every 3-4 weeks for continuous supply 
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How to grow watercress in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300mm wide and deep and position in a sunny or part shade. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.  
  2. Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds. Cover lightly with Yates Seed Raising Mix and water well.  
  3. Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liquid Plant Food
  4. Harvest by cutting with scissors above ground level – this will also help encourage more leafy growth. Sow successive crops every 3-4 weeks for continuous supply

Growing tips

  • Submerge the pots in water to keep the soil moist. 
  • In very cold weather, growth may be slower and harvest times will take a little longer.

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