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Cress question

I was looking for some advice with regards to some cress we planted.  We bought a little plastic punnet of mustard and cress from the supermarket and decided to plant it out in the garden.  In the space of a few weeks is has become quite unrecognisable - big, foliated leaves that are a waxy green colour, and slightly crinkled.  Is it still edible like this?  What is the best way to manage it, or the best size to harvest it at?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    It's still edible. mustard or cress. but don't let it get too mature and flowering or the leaves won't be so nice and the stems will be harder.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    You are supposed to eat it in salads and sanwiches before it gets to that stage!!  It will be coarse in texture and taste if you let it get big.

    Grow it indoors; it germinates quickly. A packet of seeds is cheap.  Put what you have in the compost heap.

  • I have grown it on a earth mat and just watered ,need to eat it before it goes tough and dont plant it,it grows in river and streams so your changing its habit,best to eat from the supermarket and sow some seesds.image

  • Personally, I'd start calling it 'green manure' instead of cress, and pretend I'd planted it for exactly that purpose image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    flowering rose, are you getting in a muddle?  What you describe is watercress.  The OP appears to be talking about mustard and cress.  Different plants.

  • I think i am,sorry get a bit muddled at times.image

  • Mustard and cress seem to be underrated just because they are so easy to grow - no gardening programme is ever likely to mention them. I have a half-size tray of each on the window-sill pretty much all year, giving a weekly harvest. Mustard, especially, has a lovely sharp flavour.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    keep meaning to do that. Is it better to have them in the sunniest window or a bit less sun

  • Mine are by a west-facing window, partly shaded by a tree, so I don't think they need lots of sun. And a very sunny spot might make then dry out too much. I grow them on a handful of sheets of kitchen towel and I make sure I dribble water onto them every morning as otherwise drying out is a problem.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    thanks Ch, I'll give it a go. It worked OK when I was a kid

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