Seeds - Nasturtium, Black Velvet
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Description: Completely unique among Nasturtiums! Dwarf plants grow 10 to 12 inches tall, making them ideal for containers. Flowers are a wonderful deep maroon colour. For a bold contrast, add blossoms to your fresh spring salads. Edible flowers and foliage are a gourmet treat reminiscent of peppery watercress in flavour.
The peppery-tasting edible flowers are exquisite when stuffed with cream cheese or added to salads for color. Very popular selection at Sage Garden!
Pack Size: 25 seeds
Latin Name: Tropaeolum minus
Main Uses: Edible flower; Flowering herb
Zone Hardiness: Annual (may also reseed)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 20 - 25 cm (8 - 10 inches)
Flower Color: Maroon
Flowering Time: July - August
Germination: 10 - 14 days at 21° C.
Sowing Indoors: 4 - 6 weeks before last frost. Apply Sea Magic from first watering. From 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 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 soil is very dry or plants are wilty.
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 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: Dead-head 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.