Nasturtium Officinale Seeds (Watercress Seeds)

Nasturtium Officinale Seeds (Watercress Seeds)

Watercress definitely adds a boost in vitamin C and iron, to sandwiches, omelets, baked fish and fresh salads.
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500 Nasturtium Officinale Seeds (Watercress Seeds)
2,000 Nasturtium Officinale Seeds (Watercress Seeds)
10,000 Nasturtium Officinale Seeds (Watercress Seeds)
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Nasturtium Officinale
Nasturtium officinale, commonly known as watercress, is a perennial, edible aquatic herb that is native to Europe and Asia. It often grows as an annual and is currently a member of the family Brassicaceae. Watercress is botanically related to its less famous relatives, garden cress, mustard and radish ? all noteworthy for their peppery, tangy, zesty, piquant flavor. It definitely adds a boost in vitamin C and iron, to sandwiches, omelets, baked fish and fresh salads. Watercress grows between 15.2cm and 5.7cm high and needs water to grow. Plants grow quickly, developing long stems that bear multiple compound leaves of rich green. From late spring to midsummer, clusters of tiny, white flowers appear at the stem tips. These attract butterflies and bees. Grow watercress in full to partial sun. Plants thrive in rich, sandy or muddy soil with a neutral pH along shallow pond edges, stream edges, or in moist gardens. They tolerate light submersion as long as water is fresh and clean. Watercress may also be grown in containers if the water is kept fresh through consistent repeated changing. Watercress prefers cold water. Leaves are edible raw or cooked. Water cress is mainly used as a garnish or as an addition to salads, the flavour is strong with a characteristic hotness. It has a reputation as a spring tonic, and this is its main season of use, though it can be harvested for most of the year and can give 10 pickings annually. The seed can be sprouted and eaten in salads. The seed is ground into a powder and used as a mustard. Hardiness zone: 3 - 9
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Common name Watercress
Family Brassicaceae
Genus Nasturtium
Species Nasturtium officinale
Therapeutic uses Watercress is very rich in vitamins and minerals, and has long been valued as a food and medicinal plant. Considered a cleansing herb, its high content of vitamin C makes it a remedy that is particularly valuable for chronic illnesses. The leaves are antiscorbutic, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, purgative, hypoglycaemic, odontalgic, stimulant and stomachic. The freshly pressed juice has been used internally and externally in the treatment of chest and kidney complaints, chronic irritations and inflammations of the skin etc. Applied externally, it has a long-standing reputation as an effective hair tonic, helping to promote the growth of thick hair. A poultice of the leaves is said to be an effective treatment for healing glandular tumours or lymphatic swellings. Some caution is advised, excessive use of the plant can lead to stomach upsets.
Germination Sow during spring in a pot immersed to half its depth in water. Germination should take place within a couple of weeks. Prick out seedlings into individual pots whilst they are still small and increase the depth of water gradually until they are submerged. Plant out into a pond in the summer. Cuttings can be taken at any time in the growing season. Virtually any part of the plant, including a single leaf, will form roots if detached from the parent plant. Just put it in a container of water until the roots are well formed and then plant out in shallow water.
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