This Nasturtium s a hardy annual flower, which flowers the same year as sown.
Easy to grow for borders, beds and patio pots. Dark foliage adds to the rich, sumptuous effect.
Nasturtiums are warm weather annuals that have been popular in herb gardens, cottage gardens and flower gardens for many years.
These plants feature showy, long-stalked, spurred, funnel-shaped, 5-petaled flowers in red. Flowers have a spicy fragrance. Flowers bloom from spring to fall. Rounded, long-petioled, parasol-like leaves of these plants are peltate (petioles attached near the center of each leaf).
By reputation, nasturtiums are easy-to-grow annuals that are tolerant of a certain amount of neglect.
Effective in beds, borders, mixed plantings, rock gardens, herb gardens, edgings over walls or as annual ground covers on slopes or other sunny areas. They are also effective in containers, including hanging baskets.
Except for roots, all plant parts (leaves, buds, flowers, pods and seeds) are edible (peppery flavor) and may be used in salads.
Info source: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Genus - Tropaeolum
Species - Majus
Variety - Empress of India
Common name - Nasturtium
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 2 - 11
Height - 0,30 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual Flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Slightly acidic
Soil type - Poor to average, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Herb, cottage, flower gardens
Bloom season - July - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Red
Sow seeds indoors from February to May in trays of seed compost or directly in to the soil after the last frost from April to May.
Sow thinly, cover with 10-15 mm of soil. Firm gently, keep moist.
Seedlings appear in 14-21 days.
Seeds can be sown outdoors just after the last frost until the beginning of June.
Sow in prepared seed bed in flowering position.
Sow 2 seeds together with 30 cm between pairs. Cover lightly with 15 mm soil and keep moist till germination.
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