An easy-to-grow annual whose leaves and flowers are edible.
These plants are good for containers or as ground cover. Their pretty fragrance also makes them a good choice for cut flowers. Nasturtiums are perfect to grow with children because they grow easily and rapidly.
- CONTAINER GARDENS: Choose compact dwarf varieties like Alaska Variegated, Empress of India, Cherry Rose Jewel or Nasturtium Fiesta Blend
- VERTICAL GARDENS / GROUND COVERS / WEED BARRIERS /LIVING MULCH: Choose climbing or trailing nasturtium varieties with longer vines like White Moonlight, Red Canary Creeper, Multi-Colour Trailing Mix and Yellow Canarybird Creeper.
- You can start the seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost.
- Plant nasturtium seeds in early spring in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. They can grow in partial shade, but they will not bloom as well.
- Nasturtiums prefer poorer soils and they do not need fertilizers. Fertile soil will produce fewer blooms and more foliage. Plant nasturtiums where other flowers and vegetables would be unsuccessful.
- Plant the seeds about half an inch deep and 10 to 12 inches apart. Plants should appear in 7 to 10 days.
- Water regularly throughout the growing season, but be careful not to over-water your plants.
- Cutting off the faded/dead flowers will prolong blooming.
- If you’re growing nasturtiums in containers, they may need to be trimmed back occasionally over the growing season.