Seeds - Nasturtium, Empress of India OG (SGH)
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Description: After growing countless exciting-looking nasturtium varieties we always come back to Empress of India! This heirloom selection has the most uniform, wonderfully steely-blue foliage and contrasting brick-red flowers. While many nasturtiums become leggy this one stays tidy and fits in perfectly whether in a container, hanging basket, raised bed, or in-ground garden.
The peppery-tasting edible flowers are exquisite when stuffed with cream cheese or added to salads for color.
Pack Size: 20 seeds
Latin Name: Trapaeolum majus
Main Uses: Edible flower; Flowering herb
Zone Hardiness: Annual (60 days)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 50 cm (20 inches)
Flower Color: Brick red
Flowering Time: July - August
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 10 - 14 days at 21° C.
Sowing Indoors: 4 - 6 weeks before the last frost. Apply Sea Magic from first watering. From the second set of true leaves to time of transplanting, alternate between Sea Magic and seed-starting fertilizer (such as Evolve) once per week.
Planting Depth: 1” - 2”. Push firmly into the soil.
Planting Out: Once all chance of frost has passed. Handle seedlings carefully so as to not break the roots.
Spacing: 3 plants per 8" basket or plant every 10” - 12” inches apart in the garden.
Outdoors: Sow one week passed the last frost date.
Seed Spacing: Every 3”. Thin to every 12”.
Watering (Garden): Water daily for the first two weeks post-transplanting. Check on plants during hot weather, and water if the soil is very dry or plants are wilted.
Growing in Containers: Very well-suited to containers.
Fertilizing (Containers): Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, which impair blooming. Choose an organic bloom fertilizer once plants are established.
Watering (Containers): Water deeply as the soil becomes dry to the touch. During the hot months, check daily.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Excellent for mixed herb, veggie, or flowering pots.
Harvesting: Harvest leaves and flowers throughout the growing season. Seeds may also be harvested and used as a substitute for capers.
Pruning: Deadhead flowers as they fade.
Garden Companions: Nasturtiums are said to keep whiteflies away from Cucumbers, Cabbages, Cabbage-related veggies, and Beans.
Suitability for Indoors: Can be grown indoors under lights.
What about Grow Lights? Nasturtium can be grown indoors under fluorescent grow lights.
Indoor Container Suggestions: 6 - 8" pots with drainage holes.