Growing Nasturtium

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In addition to their bright display in the garden; you can eat the flowers, buds, and young leaves. This is a page about growing nasturtium.


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Botanical Name: Tropaeolum majus
Life Cycle: annuals, tropicals, tender perennials
Planting Time: spring or summer
Height: 12" to 24"; climbers to 8' high
Exposure: full sun
Soil: poor, well-drained soil
Hardiness: zones 10-11
Bloom Time: late spring to early fall
Flower: shades of red, yellow, orange and cream
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds
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.
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June 30, 2005

To make your garden green and flowery with colours of deep red or maroon or cream. Buy seeds of all varieties of nasturtium and plant them in combination in a 30" basket. Hanging basket...


Put 6 seeds per basket and then see the results in summer. In the picture is one of the flowers. This is the first bloom of this summer in my basket.

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Can anyone tell me what this flower is?

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May 30, 20110 found this helpful
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It is a nasturtium. They are a trailing plant and can have red, yellow, or orange flowers. They are self seeding in the Northwest. The flowers and the young leaves can be used in salads and have a slightly peppery flavor. I love flowers that you can eat.



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This was before my poor plant was invaded by those horrid black aphids, ugh! It's been an on-going battle to get rid of those things. Any suggestions? I'm willing to try almost anything short of burning them with a torch!

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May 22, 2017

Nasturtiums not only add color to your summer garden, but the flowers and young leaves taste delicious in a salad or on a sandwich. This is a page about use nasturtiums for salads and sandwiches.

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