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Heirloom Nasturtiums

Empress of India

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Heirloom Nasturtiums

Empress of India

(Tropaeolum majus)
These easy to grow heirloom flowers with their unique deep blue-green foliage and vermilion-red blossoms have grace...
(Tropaeolum majus)
These easy to grow heirloom flowers with their unique deep blue-green foliage and vermilion-red blossoms have graced gardens for hundreds of years. Their glowing color attracts hummingbirds who love to visit the long-spurred blossoms. As a wonderful bonus, both the bright flowers and leaves are deliciously edible with a spicy watercress-like taste. Empress is my favorite for garnishing green or seafood salads, chopped and mixed with cream cheese or added to rice dishes.   
Seed Count: 30 - 35 / Weight: 4 gms
$ 2.79
#5041
#5041

ANNUAL

Spring/summer/fall bloom

Frost tender

 

EASY TO START OUTDOORS

Sow seeds in spring once all danger of frost is over in full sun (or part shade in hot climates). Nasturtiums need no added fertilizer in most soils. Poke seeds into well-worked soil about 1 inch deep and 3 to 4 inches apart. Press soil firmly over the seeds and keep moist. When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin to 10 inches apart as mounding plants need ample room.

 

TO START EARLY INDOORS

Sow 2 seeds each in individual 4-inch pots of well-drained seed starting mix 3 weeks before last expected frost date. Cover 1 inch deep. Provide a strong light source. When seedlings have several sets of leaves, pinch out the weaker seedling, leaving 1 per pot. After weather is evenly above 50°F (10°C), gradually acclimate to outdoor conditions. Transplant seedlings into the garden 10 inches apart in full sun.

 

GROWING NOTES

These mounding nasturtiums are reliable and easy to tuck into any well-drained spot. They are a perfect disguise to cover fading bulb foliage in late spring. Their softly draping leaves and wonderfully colored flowers will quickly fill garden beds or containers. In mild winter climates, sow seeds again in early July for late summer blooms. Leaves and flowers are tasty additions to salads and sandwiches.

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Mature Height

April - June
March - July
Full sun or
partial shade
3 - 4 inches apart
1 inch deep
9 - 12 days
10 inches

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Mature Height

April - June
March - July
Full sun or
partial shade
3 - 4 inches apart
1 inch deep
9 - 12 days
10 inches

Cold Winters

April - June

Mild Winters

March - July

Sun/Shade

Full sun or
partial shade

Space Seeds

3 - 4 inches apart
1 inch deep

Days to Germinate

9 - 12 days

Mature Height

10 inches

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