A great addition to your indoor veg garden (Picture: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Indoor vegetable gardens are popular for a reason.
Not only do they brighten up your home, but, by reducing your need to buy veg pre-packaged from a supermarket, they can be better for the environment and your wallet too.
Watercress could make a great addition to your vegetable collection, however, as a semi-aquatic plant, you’d be forgiven for thinking it could be complicated to keep it alive.
But never fear – the team from Conservatory Insulations have put together some tips on how to grow watercress at home.
If you want to grow watercress, make sure the plant gets enough light but not too much heat.
‘Watercress plants enjoy some hours of sunlight during the day,’ the team explain, ‘But don’t like too much heat, so when the sun’s at its brightest and hottest they are better placed in a shady spot.’
Watercress enjoys light but not too much heat (Picture: Bob Fila/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
If you’re looking for the right place to put your watercress, try somewhere that gets some light and some shade during the day, so the plant doesn’t get too hot.
The experts say: ‘Cooler temperatures are preferred over hot conditions.
‘A windowsill or conservatory can be successful, provided it does not get too warm throughout the day.
‘Look for a spot that gets some shade during the afternoon but also provides light throughout the early parts of the day.’
The other thing you need to remember is that your watercress will need a lot of – you guessed it – water.
‘As a semi-aquatic plant, watercress is generally low maintenance except for needing constant access to water,’ they explain.
‘The best way to achieve this is by sitting it in a saucer and ensuring the saucer is always topped up with water. In warmer weather, you’ll need to check it more frequently to ensure the compost is always damp.’
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