|Latin name:||Tropaeolum majus nanum ‘Tom Thumb’|
|Guarantee:||100% growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||June - September|
|Growing Height:||30 cm|
Nasturtium seeds require no prior treatment and the seed tapes are ready to use. Great along the edge of a border or around your kitchen garden.
How to Sow
Sowing can be done from the end of April to the end of July.
Sow in the garden in full sun from the end of April all the way to the end of July. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm deep. Plant one seed per hole - draw a furrow if you want them in a straight row and plant at 30 cm intervals. Label each row. Cover with 1 cm soil, press carefully down then sprinkle with water. Extra rows can be sown at 30 cm apart.
Seedlings will die in a frost so protect them with garden fleece if frost is forecast.
The seeds will germinate in 12-14 days.
Water extra in dry periods and keep the bed weed-free. This will allow your nasturtiums to thrive. Very undemanding, nasturtiums dislike wet 'feet' but will also thrive in poor soil. They will flower from June to the first frosts.
Although generally grown for their abundant flowers, or even to help with organic farming, nasturtium flowers, seeds and the young leaf are edible and they can be harvested all the time the plant is in growth.
Just snip of leaves and flowers, or pinch them off between thumb and forefinger.
Nasturtiums are annuals and grow to 30-40 cm. Seeds often survive a winter and then you can expect new seedlings in the spring. The flowers smell delicious.
There is a reason for planting nasturtiums in the vegetable garden! The roots contain an element called mysorine that slugs and snails very much dislike. Nasturtiums themselves are very tasty to caterpillars and green fly but that is the point - they then do not bother the vegetables in your kitchen garden! Your nasturtiums act as a trap. This is the reason this plant is frequently used as a help in organic gardening.