What to know about nasturtium –
Nasturtiums are mostly grown from seed as a half-hardy annual and both single and double varieties. It comes in a range of forms and colors including cream, yellow, orange and red, solid in color or striped and often with a dark blotch at the base of the petals.
- It is vigorous and easily grown and does well in sun. It thrives in poor soil and dry conditions, whereas in rich soil it tends to produce much leafy growth and few flowers. Some varieties adopt a bush form while others scramble over and through other plants and are useful for planting in awkward spots or for covering fences and trellises.
- REFERENCE: information lifted from wikipedia
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Where to grow:
Nasturtiums are easy to grow from seed in sunny areas – but they can tolerate some shade. They are perfect for ground cover, filling up spots, covering awkward garden spots, and for hanging baskets. The leaf of the nasturtium is edible and contains vitamin C and other nutrients. Many gardeners use the leaf as peppering flavor for a salad and in other meals.
- Nasturtiums can survive a mild winter and can return the following season. The flower grow best in poorer soils that don’t need fertilizer. Nasturtiums grown in fertile soil will produce more leaf than flower. That may be your purpose if plan to harvest the nasturtium leaf.
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use nasturtiums as ground covers, in containers, and as climbers up against a fence or other object. They prefer full sun (4-6 hours), but will do well in partial shady area that get intermittent sun.
- The flower colors are red, salmon, orange, white and yellow. The nasturtium leaf is round and broad shape.
- Nasturtiums prefer cooler climates – they don’t do well under extreme hot condition. They can survive a light frost – and can survive the winter in mild climates. However, a heavy frost will take out the plant – the need to replant in the spring for next seasonal growth.
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Care and Harvesting:
you can easily collect seed from the nasturtium flower for storage and planting the next season. As noted, nasturtiums are east to grow. Simply seed in the early spring for transplanting to the garden after the final spring frost.
- The entire nasturtium plant is edible. So you can harvest the leaf and flower during the season for dishes and salads.
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Soil: well drained and moist
Height: 6-12 inches, 1 to 3 feet
Width: 12-18 inches feet
Flower: red, orange, white, pink, yellow
Season: summer and fall blooms until first deep frost
Features: low maintenance, good for containers, attracts birds
Benefits: deer resistant, drought tolerant
Propagation: seed, stem cuttings
Zones: 9, 10
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