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.

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Microgreens Easy to Grow Anywhere 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 CirclesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 IndoorsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 TowelEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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