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”.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required. Nasturtium tolerates most soil types but prefers poor soils.

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.

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