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Garden nasturtium 'Empress of India'     

Tropaeolum majus

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Empress of India is part of the Tropaeolum genus and is a Garden nasturtium variety. Its scientific name is Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India'. Empress of India is a variety of heirloom OP Garden nasturtium . Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Burnt orange and   International orange. When mature, blooms are roughly 6.0 cm (that's 2.34 inches in imperial) in diameter.The blooms display an average of 5 petals. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark jungle green and   Lincoln green colour.

Empress of India has dark blue-green leaves, red flowers and it will readily self-sow. The entire flower is edible.

It is an Flower and is treated mainly as a Annual/Perennial, This means that it can grow either as a single season or multiple season plant. Empress of India is known for growing with a ground cover-like habit to a height of approximately 40.64 cm (that's 1.32 feet in imperial). This variety tends to bloom in early summer.

Empress of India Garden nasturtium is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Empress of India have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Empress of India

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Pick the flowers regularly and don’t allow the seeds to set as this will bring on more flower buds

Position in a partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Empress of India is thought of as hardy, so Empress of India will tend to go dormant or grow slowly over the winter months. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 10 - 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Empress of India needs a loamy, sandy and clay soil with a ph of 6.1 to 7.8 (weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Empress of India from seed

If you soak the seeds in a glass of water overnight, before sowing them, they germinate a lot better!
The seeds are large enough to plant individually at the correct distance

Look to ensure a distance 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) deep.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Empress of India about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Empress of India

Sunny, well drained, poor soil conditions give more flowers an less leaves
As the seedlings develop, thin to achieve a final spacing of 25cm.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Empress of India is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Empress of India