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Botanical Name: Tropaeolum majus
Common Name(s): Nasturtium
Newer, bushy dwarf hybrids are excellent for containers and bedding. The open, trumpetshaped flowers come in a range of colours, from red and orange to pale yellow. Do not use fertilizers high in nitrogen, as the foliage will then cover the flowers. Sow directly in spring and summer. Space seedlings 250mm apart and do not overwater. They should flower 10–12 weeks from germination. These fragrant annuals make lovely cut flowers. The flowers, young leaves and seeds are edible, too.
Family: – Tropaeolaceae
Botanical Pronunciation: Tro-PEE-oh-lum mAY-jus
Semi Frost Hardy
Common Pests and Diseases
Caterpillars, flea beetles, black aphids, slugs, white flies and viruses.
Description: Dark bronze-green, aromatic, smooth-textured and glossy-textured foliage.
The flowers, young leaves and seeds are edible, too.
Do not use fertilizers high in nitrogen, as the foliage will then cover the flowers. Do not overwater this plant.
Andes, from Bolivia to Colombia
Seed Sowing Instructions
Sow seed directly and space seedlings 250mm apart.
Height: 35 cmSpread: 30 cm
Requires well-drained and enriched medium.
They make lovely cut flowers.
Uses in landscape design
Excellent border, ground cover and bedding plant.
When to Sow
Sow seed in spring and summer.