Grow Easy Cress Indoors

Growing cress indoors provides a constant supply of fresh ingredients for salads and sandwiches all year round. This easy project is ideal for children, who love to watch the plants develop.
Microgreens Easy to Grow Anywhere

Microgreens Easy to Grow Anywhere

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sow cress every couple of weeks. One packet of seeds will be enough for a few sowings. Reseal the packet and store in a container in the refrigerator.

Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Materials Needed:

  • cress seed
  • small pots
  • paper towels
  • nontoxic felt-tip pen
  • all-purpose potting mix
  • plastic bags

Fold Kitchen Towel

Fold a sheet of kitchen towel in quarters. Invert a pot over it and draw around the rim with a pen. Cut out the circles of paper. Fill the pot with potting mix to just below the rim and place the four paper circles on top.

Paper Towel Circles

Paper Towel Circles

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Water the Pots

Repeat for several pots—you will need a few if growing for salads. Set the pots on a plant tray or saucers, and water them to dampen the towels.

Dampen Paper Towels to Grow Cress Indoors

Dampen Paper Towels to Grow Cress Indoors

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sow the Seeds

Sprinkle some seeds onto the paper. Place each pot in a plastic bag, seal loosely and store in a cool dark place. When the seedlings are 1/2 inch, remove the bag. Set pots on a windowsill out of direct sun, and keep moist until the cress is ready.

Sprinkle Cress Seeds on Moist Paper Towel

Sprinkle Cress Seeds on Moist Paper Towel

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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