When to plant?
Direct seed (recommended): 2 weeks before last frost. Transplant: 3-4 weeks before the last frost.
How to plant?
Direct seed: 8-12" apart, 1/2-1" deep. Cover seed as they require darkness to germinate.
Transplant: Plant 2 seeds 1/2-1" deep in individual cells or pots. Cover seeds as they require darkness to germinate. Thin to one plant per cell or pot. Harden off and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.
Well-drained, but not especially rich soil is preferred. High nitrogen levels promote more foliage than flower production. Sun/Partial Shade. Also excellent in containers or hanging baskets.
When to harvest?
When the flowers are fully open.
How do you save the seeds?
BONUS FUN FACTS!
- Nasturtium flowers are edible! They have a peppery taste and are a good source of Vitamin C and Iron.
- The name nasturtium means “nose twister” in Latin. Why? Because of the reaction people have upon tasting the peppery flowers.
- They are native to the jungles of Peru. An alternative name for Nasturtium is Peru Cress.
- Nasturtium flowers have been used medicinally for centuries and were first used in South America as a treatment for hair loss and to help reduce symptoms associated with skin irritations. In Asia, the flowers and leaves were also used to make nutritious teas that were believed to help combat the common cold due to their high vitamin C content. As the bright colored flowers were introduced to Europe, they became a symbol of victory and patriotism versus a medicinal ingredient as many believed the circular leaves resembled shields and the flowers helmets. Soldiers would wear Nasturtiums after a victory in battle and would be gifted the flower from a maiden or offered an entire blanket made out of the flowers as a symbol of honor and victory. (From specialtyproduce.com)
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