Cress Plain or Common Seeds

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Cress Plain/Common is fast, furious & ready to harvest in 6-8 days. It couldn't be easier to start kids off growing with cress. Cress can be sown indoors throughout the year on moist cotton wool or kitchen roll and harvested within a week. Capture Childrens' imagination and sow some seed in a face decorated empty eggshell. Fill it with moist cotton wool and watch each day as 'egg person's hair' grows - then trim it & eat it.

A great little crop that perks up egg sandwiches and can be used as a garnish. It's not just for kids!

Pretty Wild Seeds are registered with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) under number 7529, so you can have confidence in both our products and advice. Although our products are listed in weights and acres, we can supply in additional quantities upon enquiry so if you need a larger supply, please don't hesitate to give us a call.

  • 60g for £2.99
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  • 1Kg for £17.99
  • 2Kg for £29.99
  • 5Kg for £64.99
  • 10kg for £99.99
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    We happily accept returns within 14 days from date of delivery. All returns must be received in the same condition and packaging we sent them. Postage charges will not be refunded on unwanted products.

    You are solely responsible for ensuring the goods are returned to us. We will not be liable for returns that are lost in the post or lost for any other reason. If a product arrives damaged we will advise the customer how to return the item with all return costs covered by us.  Replacements & refunds will be dispatched / issued on receipt of the returned items only.

    The easiest way to grow cress quickly is to find a shallow tray (a plastic food container from the supermarket serves well) and line it with paper tissues, cotton wool or kitchen roll. Wet the paper or wool well (though don't have it swimming in water), sprinkle seeds over the surface and cover the tray with cling film. A container that's around an inch or two deep is perfect, as this allows space for growth before the seedlings hit their heads on their "glass ceiling".

    Germination takes place within a couple of days (24 hours, if you're lucky) and the cress is ready to harvest when it's around 1½ to 2 inches high (which will be, depending on the type you're growing, five to seven days later). Snip the stalks off at the base to use as a garnish, in a salad, or in sandwiches.

    It's important to ensure that the kitchen roll, or whatever you're using, doesn't dry out, which is why cling film is so useful as it stops evaporation. You can grow the cress without covering with cling film, but you have to keep a strict eye on it as the paper/wool etc dries out very quickly.

    An alternative to the kitchen roll method is to sprinkle them onto the surface of a three-inch pot (or larger) full of damp compost. This is the way to go if you want to grow the little seedlings on further, as they'll soon need the nutrients in the soil to progress and will starve on kitchen roll.