Nasturtiumleaves and flowers are edible and make great additions to soups and salads. In the garden, they attract beneficial insects and can be used in gardening to trap aphids and deter whiteflies, protecting crops such as tomatoes, cucurbits, and brassicas.
Plant:Solid sage-to-bright-green rounded leaves on somewhat trailing vines.
Seeds:Flowers turn into tri-lobed fruits, with each section containing one seed. When to Cut:Fully opened flowers
Size:1' h x 1' w
Sun:Full sun to partial shade-
Season:Summer to fall
Seed to Bloom:10-12 weeks
Color:Mix of cherry, tangerine, scarlet, mahogany, lemon, cream
Nasturtiumsperform nicely as an addition to any cottage garden and ‘Whirlybird Mix’ is perfect for containers or edging, as it has a more compact habit.
Water Use:Medium Water Use Watering Details:About 1" per week is plenty—drought tolerant and will likely not need watering except during particularly dry spells. However, regular watering may encourage more blossoms. Soil pH:Slightly acidic to neutral Fertilizer:Do not fertilize, as this will limit blooms and stimulate excess foliage growth. Diseases & Pests:Aphids may pose a problem—treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil if hosing down daily does not first resolve the issue.
Sprout Time:7-14 days Starting Indoors:Sow in pots 2-4 weeks before last frost and cover by about 1/2"; secure containers with plastic to retain moisture while seeds germinate. Keep at 65°F. Starting Outdoors:Recommended. Direct sow after last frost.