'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. When mature, they grow to 5.0 cm (1.95 inches imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers take a single hose-in-hose form, with an approximate petal count of 5. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours: Pastel green and Rosy brown. Leaves appear approximately as a Grade 1 Paint Green and Dark pastel green
It is an edible 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, followed by first harvests in late summer.
This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Garden nasturtium is a great choice.
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.
Pick the flowers it will encourage more to grow
Watch out for caterpillars, that will munch all the leaves
Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / dappled sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 10 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in loamy, sandy and clay soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.1 and 7.8 as Garden nasturtium likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Garden nasturtium is thought of as hardy, so this plant will grow or become dormant during the winter.
See our list of companion Plants for Garden nasturtium to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
If you soak the seeds in a glass of water overnight, before sowing them, they germinate a lot better!
The seeds are large and it is easy to space them the correct distance for direct sowing
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Garden nasturtium about 14 days before your last frost date .
A good plant for poor and stony ground.
Best to sow direct
As the seedlings develop, thin to achieve a final spacing of 25cm.
Easy large seeds to harvest, dry and store
These estimates for how long Garden nasturtium takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 11 days | Min 2 days | Max 26 days (355)
Average 31 days | Min 3 days | Max 82 days (51)
Average 62 days | Min 2 days | Max 178 days (110)
Our when to plant Garden nasturtium estimates are relative to your last frost date.
Tropaeolum x majus
greadygranny about growing Garden nasturtium 'Alaska Mix'
Everyone should have these. So many benefits. Plant around fruit trees to deter bugs from climbing. They draw beneficials but keep away pests. They are edible too. Pretty addition to salads and garden
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