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Growing Nasturtium

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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May 10, 20060 found this helpful

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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