Tropaeolum majus

Botanical Name: Tropaeolum majus

Common Name(s): Nasturtium

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Description:

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

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Semi Frost Hardy
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Non Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Half Sun
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Moderate Watering

Common Pests and Diseases

Caterpillars, flea beetles, black aphids, slugs, white flies and viruses.

Flowers

Description:The open, trumpetshaped flowers are edible and come in a range of colours, from red and orange to pale yellow.They should flower 10 - 12 weeks from germination.
Botanical Name: Tropaeolum majus  Common Name(s): Nasturtium 

Foliage

Description: Dark bronze-green, aromatic, smooth-textured and glossy-textured foliage.

Growth Rate

Moderate

Interesting Info

The flowers, young leaves and seeds are edible, too.

Maintenance

Do not use fertilizers high in nitrogen, as the foliage will then cover the flowers. Do not overwater this plant.

Origin

Andes, from Bolivia to Colombia

Other Languages

Kappertjie (A)

Seed Sowing Instructions

Sow seed directly and space seedlings 250mm apart.

Size

Height: 35 cmSpread: 30 cm

Soil Conditions

Requires well-drained and enriched medium.

Uses

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.

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