'Garden nasturtium' is a plant in the Tropaeolum genus with a scientific name of Tropaeolum majus. The botanical name epithet for Garden nasturtium (majus) means 'great'.
Edible and ornamental, this plant grows stems up to 1 meter (1 yard) long or longer. The leaves are medium green, large and nearly circular. The leaves are held upright. The leaves and flowers are edible, and have a zippy, peppery flavor. Immature seeds are also edible, and are sometimes used a a substitute for capers. Listed as an invasive plant in many areas, including New Zealand and Hawaii.Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Orange-red and Mikado yellow and Mordant red 19. The mature flowers are of a single hose-in-hose form. Leaves appear approximately as a Grade 1 Paint Green colour. It is a flower / herb that typically grows as an annual/perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more. Garden nasturtium is known for growing with a spreading habit to a height of approximately 40.64 cm (that's 1.32 feet in imperial). This plant tends to bloom in early summer. This plant is a great attractor for butterflies, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Garden nasturtium is a great choice. Popular varieties of Garden nasturtium include: Empress of India, Alaska Mix, Dwarf Jewel Blend, Fordhook Favorites Mix, and Trailing Mixed Colours.
Bolivia is believed to be where Garden nasturtium originates from.
Garden nasturtium is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Garden nasturtium have been kindly provided by our members.
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If you soak the seeds in a glass of water overnight, before sowing them, they germinate a lot better!
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Garden nasturtium about 14 days before your last frost date .
As the seedlings develop, thin to achieve a final spacing of 25cm.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Garden nasturtium so consider planting:
Garden nasturtium loves Zucchini
Plant garden nasturtiums around zucchini to keep pests like squash beetles away.
These plants will not grow well with Garden nasturtium so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Garden nasturtium plants:
Indian cress, Mastuerzo, Nasturtium
Tropaeolum x majus
19 Jul 2011
easy (direct sow, unfussy about conditions), beautiful and edible. Nice variety of flower colors.
19 May 2011
Not my absolute fave Nasturtium, but I really enjoy the marbled foliage and am growing an Alaska variety again this year. Recommended.
19 May 2011
This is my favourite nasturtium flower colour – a real standout in an edible garden. I would recommend this to anyone who likes edible flowers.
11 May 2011
4+ Easily established, self seeding, great for an edible garden as they rapidly cover an area. Volunteers may be an issue – but not here in sand as they are easily removed. Great colours
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Popular varieties of Garden nasturtium
- Empress of India
- Alaska Mix
- Dwarf Jewel Blend
- Fordhook Favorites Mix
- Trailing Mixed Colours
- Peach Melba
- Dwarf Cherry Rose
- Glorious Gleam
- Black Velvet
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