The Growers Guide to Nasturtium

Written by: Lars Nyman

Growing Nasturtium

Growing Nasturtium

Welcome to "The Growers Guide to Nasturtium", your resource for successfully **growing Nasturtium** in your own garden. Nasturtium, a vibrant and nutrient-rich addition to any outdoor space, is admired among gardeners for its radiant blooms and peppery leaves. With optimal sunlight, healthy soil, and adequate water, cultivating Nasturtium can transform your garden into a burst of color. Not only do they radiate energy and bring joy to our green spaces, Nasturtium can also act as companion plants, providing a natural defense against pests. With our insights and practical tips, you will master the art of tending these flowering jewels in no time. Even if you are completely new to gardening, this guide makes **growing Nasturtium** effortlessly attainable. Let's get our hands dirty and help your garden come alive with the beauty of Nasturtium - nature's antidote to the ordinary. Enjoy navigating through your newest gardening adventure!

Cheatsheet: The Growers Guide to Nasturtium

Choosing Varieties

🌸Edible 🌼Medicinal 🌺Native types

Planting & Care

🌱Easy to grow 🌞Full sun 🌧️Tolerates poor soil 🚿Water regularly

Fast Facts

⌛️Germination: 7-10 days 🌱Mature plant: 8-12 weeks 🌻Blooming period: 2-4 months

Health Benefits

🌿Rich in vitamin C 💪Boosts immune system 🌱Detoxifying properties

Edible Uses

🍃 Flavorful leaves 🌸Garnish salads 🌼Infuse oils & vinegars

Creative Uses

🌺Candied flowers 🍹Colorful cocktails 🌼Natural dyes for fabrics

Sustainable Gardening

🌱Attracts beneficial insects 🐛Natural pest control 🌿Self-sows for future seasons

Growing Nasturtium

Introduction to Nasturtium

Nasturtiums are a gardener's delight, boasting vibrant blooms and edible leaves. They thrive in poor soil, making them a versatile choice for almost any garden.

Their peppery taste adds a unique flair to salads and dishes. Imagine your garden filled with the fiery hues of these flowers.

Why Choose Nasturtium?

Easy to Grow: Nasturtium adapts well to neglect.

No green thumb needed here!

Did you know? Nasturtium thrives even in rocky, sandy, and neglected soil.

Planting Nasturtium

Site Selection

Nasturtium loves the sun. Find a sunny spot, and you’re halfway there.

Although they tolerate partial shade, full sun brings out their best colors.

Soil Requirements

Forget the fertilizer; nasturtium prefers poor, well-drained soil. Too much richness produces more leaves than flowers.

Avoid excessive nutrients. They thrive where other plants may not.

Pro tip: Direct sowing nasturtium seeds in lean soil results in more prolific blooms.

Sowing Seeds

Timing

Plant seeds in spring after the last frost. Soil temperatures around 55-65°F (13-18°C) are ideal for germination.

Method

  • Soak seeds overnight for faster germination.
  • Plant each seed about half an inch deep.
  • Space them 10-12 inches apart.

Water the soil lightly after planting. Nasturtiums germinate in 7-10 days.

Caring for Nasturtium

Watering

Keep the soil slightly moist but not waterlogged. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

Pest Control

Nasturtiums can attract aphids. Regularly check under the leaves and use insecticidal soap if needed.

They're also good companion plants, deterring pests from other crops.

Nasturtiums repel harmful insects while attracting beneficial ones like bees.

Harvesting and Using Nasturtiums

Harvesting

Pick flowers and leaves early in the morning for the best flavor. Regular harvesting encourages more blooms.

Culinary Uses

  • Flowers add color and spice to salads.
  • Leaves make a zesty pesto.
  • Seeds can be pickled and used like capers.

Experimenting with nasturtium in the kitchen opens up a world of flavors.

Having grown nasturtium for years, I attest to its low maintenance and high reward. This plant brings beauty, ease, and utility to any garden.

FAQ

1. Can I grow nasturtium in pots?

Yes, growing nasturtium in pots is possible. Choose a container with good drainage, use well-draining soil, and place it in a sunny spot.

2. How long does it take for nasturtium seeds to germinate?

Nasturtium seeds typically germinate within 7-10 days of planting.

3. Does nasturtium require full sun?

Yes, nasturtium thrives in full sun conditions, receiving at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

4. Is nasturtium an annual or perennial plant?

Nasturtium is an annual plant, which means it completes its life cycle in one year.

5. How often should I water my nasturtium plants?

Water nasturtium plants regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not overly saturated.

6. Can I eat the flowers and leaves of nasturtium?

Yes, both the flowers and leaves of nasturtium are edible and often used in culinary applications.

7. How do I prevent pests from attacking my nasturtium plants?

Regularly inspect your nasturtium plants for pests like aphids or caterpillars and take measures such as using organic insecticidal soaps to prevent infestations.

8. When is the best time to harvest nasturtium seeds?

The best time to harvest nasturtium seeds is when they have fully matured and turned a dark brown color.

9. Can I replant nasturtium seeds for future growth?

Yes, collect and store nasturtium seeds in a cool, dry place. They can be planted in the next growing season.

Growing Nasturtium is an excellent way to add a bright, vibrant splash of color to any garden. Not only are they a beautiful addition, but they attract beneficial insects that ward off bad pests and are naturally disease-resistant. The edible flowers, leaves and seed pods provide an incredible array of culinary and medicinal uses, making them an incredibly rewarding plant to grow!

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