Demeter Nasturtium Dwarf (Tropaeolum majus) Seeds

Demeter Nasturtium Dwarf (Tropaeolum majus) Seeds

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Code:  SCF070-25sm
Brand:  Seed Co-operative
Size:  25 seeds
Certified:  Demeter

Nasturtium is one of the quickest and easiest hardy annual flowers to grow, producing masses of vividly coloured blooms through summer and autumn. They’re perfect for growing with children and are ideal for lots of different sunny spots around the garden, including pots. Nasturtiums not only look spectacular but the flowers, leaves and seeds are edible too, the flowers make a brightly coloured garnish to salads and other uncooked dishes. Nasturtium leaves have a peppery taste and should be picked when young to incorporate in salads. Nasturtium seeds can be used as a substitute for capers and should be picked when mature but still green, for pickling in vinegar. Bees love the colourful nasturtium blooms, and caterpillars of the large and small white butterflies feed on the leaves. Being annuals, nasturtiums complete their lifecycle in one growing season.

Sowing: For best results, sow nasturtium directly where they are to flower, as they’re fast-growing and there’s no need to bother about transplanting. Sow the seed 1.5 cm deep into moist soil to speed germination, so water before planting if conditions are dry. The first seeds can be sown in mid-spring and you can carry on sowing until mid-summer to ensure flowers right up to the first frosts. Thin the seedlings to 30 cm apart. However, sowing in pots also works – simply sow one seed per pot and transplant outside when all risk of frost has passed.
Growing instructions: Nasturtiums are easy-care and need little maintenance. Plants growing in containers should be watered to keep the compost evenly moist, but not fed. Removing the dead flower heads of nasturtiums will encourage more blooms to be produced for a longer period. Nasturtium seeds can be collected when ripe and saved to sow next year. In mild areas, nasturtiums are also likely to self-sow, so you may get seedlings springing up in future years. These can be easily pulled up if not wanted.

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