HOW TO GROW AND SAVE SEED OF NASTURTIUM

Yeti Nasturtium

Latin name Tropaeolum majus is an annual flowering herb. It is a popular flower to plant in the vegetable garden. With its spicy foliage and flowers, which give a nice kick to salad and recipes, it may be the best-known edible flower!

 

 

HISTORY

Orchid Cream Nasturtium

Native to Peru, nasturtium was used by the ancient Inca as leafy green and medicinal herb. Brought to Europe by Spanish conquistadors in the 15th-16th centuries.

 

USES

Tall Trailing Mix Nasturtium mock capers

  • Popular edible flower with delicious spicy flavor. You can eat the leaves and blooms, and the young green seed pods can be pickled into mock capers.
  • Great for beds, borders, containers, window boxes, cottage garden, kitchen garden or interplanted in vegetable gardens.
  • Visited by hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinating insects.

 

SEED STARTING

Bloody Mary Nasturtium

  • Soak seeds overnight in warm water before planting.
  • Seeds germinate in 7-10 days.
  • Start seeds indoors 4 weeks before last frost date or direct seed after last chance of frost has passed.
  • Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 55-65 F.

 

GROWING

Alaska Red Shades Nasturtium

  • Plants prefer full sun but will tolerate some light shade.
  • Provide well-drained soil and do not fertilize or plant in overly rich soil.
  • Plants are fairly drought tolerant will grow in a range of soil, including low-fertility soil, provided that it is well-drained.
  • Space plants 8-12 inches apart.

 

PESTS/SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Tip Top Alaska Salmon Nasturtium

  • Aphids can be a pest for nasturtiums. Treat with organic approved insecticidal soap.
  • To prevent wilt and bacterial leaf spot, provide adequate air circulation and do not water the foliage.

 

SEED SAVING

Tip Top Rose Nasturtium

  • Nasturtiums will often reseed, but to save seeds, allow them to mature and fall to the ground.
  • Collect them and store in a cool, dark, dry place over the winter.

 

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