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Winter Cress - Barbara Herb [Barbarea vulgaris]

Winter Cress - Barbara Herb [Barbarea vulgaris]

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Tips to reduce water requirements

We recommend mulching the beds
Experience has shown that by covering the floor with hay or straw, evaporation can be reduced by 80%. If you keep the beds evenly moist, an optimal humid microclimate will be created under the mulch. This not only promotes the growth of plants, but also enormously reduces water consumption. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and harvest quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times, even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time
The desiccation of the soil leads to a huge decline in micro-and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in a barren soil over time. Tests have shown that the water content in the entire bed with full-scale irrigation remains longer than if watering is only carried out selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured surfaces, in contrast to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed is filled with moisture. Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to achieve it again and again.

Shipping and pick-up information

We offer CTT shipping for Saagut Europe and USA far! With us you will always receive a tracking number to track your package. Shipping costs differ depending on the shipping region. Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping
Portugal (with the Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or package up to 500g = € 3.50
2 kg Bus Package = 8 €
Package over 2 kg = 16 €

Europe Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = 7 €
500g Bus Package = 9,50 €
1kg Bus Package = 14 €
2kg Bus Package = 20 €
Package over 2kg = 40 €

USA Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = € 7.50
500g Bus Package = 15,50 €
1 kg Bus Package = 24 €
2 kg Bus Package = 33,50 €
Package over 2 kg = 67 €

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Winter cress is a biennial hardy and undemanding wild plant and is named after the patron saint Barbara, who is believed to protect miners and related professions. The species originally comes from Eurasia and, due to its robustness, now thrives in almost all of Europe. Winter cress can be used raw or steamed as a salad or vegetable and has a blood-purifying effect and is therefore used in natural medicine. The fresh leaves have a spicy, slightly spicy taste that is reminiscent of watercress, but less spicy.

General information
Plant family: Brassicaceae
Life cycle: Biennial
Days to harvest: 100 days
Plant height approx.: 60 cm
Root type: Deep rooter
Nutrient requirements: Weak eater
Water requirements: Medium
Winter hardiness: Up to -15 °C
Location: Sunny until semi shady
Soil: Permeable, loamy, humic, slightly acidic

pH value: 4.8 to 7.5

Sowing and planting information
Germ type: Light germinator
Sowing depth: 0 cm
Optimal germination temperature: 16-18 °C
Germination time: 7-20 days
Plant and row spacing: 15x20 cm

Optimal mixed culture: Chard, Strawberry, Spinach, Lamb's lettuce
Unfavorable mixed culture: Lettuce, Carrot, Rocket, Cabbage, Asian mustard cabbage, Horseradish, Watercress, Radish

Subtropic climate (Mediterranean) (e. g. B. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
Sow directly outdoors from January to March or in autumn from October to December.

Moderate climate (e. g. B. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
Sow directly outdoors from March to May.

Sow directly in rows.
Barbarakraut prefers a sunny to partially shaded location with slightly acidic, permeable, humus and loamy soil. Prepare the soil with some seasoned animal manure. Avoid waterlogging.

Additional tips
In order to quickly obtain a fine, crumbly and permeable soil, we recommend additional incorporation of biochar and primary rock powder.

Type of propagation
It spreads via seeds.

Plant care
Regular watering causes faster growth. Beds prepared with animal manure and planting in mixed culture replace additional fertilizer.

Germination ability of seeds: 3-4 years

Other Names
Botanical names: Barbarea vulgaris
English names: Wintercress, Yellow rocket
German names: Echte Winterkresse, Barbenkraut, Gewöhnliches Barbarakraut, Bärbelkraut
Portuguese names: Erva santa Barbara, Agrião de inverno
Spanish names: Berro de invierno, Berro
French names: Cresson d'hiver

  • Made in harmony with nature
  • All seeds and seedlings are genetically stable for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination at regular intervals
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