|Botanical Name:||Tropaeolum majus|
|Life Cycle:||annuals, tropicals, tender perennials|
|Planting Time:||spring or summer|
|Height:||12" to 24"; climbers to 8' high|
|Soil:||poor, well-drained soil|
|Bloom Time:||late spring to early fall|
|Flower:||shades of red, yellow, orange and cream|
|Suggested Use:||beds, borders, mass plantings, fences, hanging baskets, fillers, and edgings.|
|Growing Hints:||Sow seeds directly in ground about a week after your last frost date. Over fertilizing will result in lots of leaves but poor flowering. Plants thrive in poor, sandy soil.|
|Interesting Facts:||Nasturtium's peppery-flavored flowers are good to eat and taste good in salads. The flower buds and seedpods are also edible. Pick them just before they ripen and store them in a jar full of vinegar for three days. Use as a substitute for capers.|
I have grown nasturtium in fertile soil and used a fertilizer and they flower even more greatly. I have tried growing in poor soil and they don't grow very well. It is true they don't do well when it hits 80 degrees. They come up quick and are a great money saver for the garden. They attract lots of aphids. I have planted cherry rose, gleam, jewel mix and they all grow well.
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