Seeds - Nasturtium, Empress of India
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Description: A Sage Garden Herbs favourite! A classic Victorian nasturtium with dark blue-green foliage. Brilliant crimson flowers on 12-14" plants. Suitable for containers. At SGH, we love this selection because it is so much more compact and tidy than most, and the leaf and flower colour combo is oustanding!
The flowers and leaves are a peppery addition to salads, pastas, or used as a garnish.
Pack Size: 25 seeds
Latin Name: Tropaeolum minus
Main Uses: Edible flower; Flowering herb.
Zone Hardiness: Annual
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 45-60 cm (18 - 24 inches)
Flower Color: Crimson Red
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.