Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are one of the most beloved annuals ever. They're incredibly easy to grow: sown directly into garden beds, the seeds germinate quickly and grow quickly, forming lush mounds of lily-pad-like foliage and rounded, colorful flowers that are charming and adorable. Lightly fragrant, the flowers are edible, with a peppery tang that is perfect for salads. The leaves are edible, too, and make wonderful doilies on cheese trays. Cut into ribbons, they add a peppery kick to salads. Even the flower buds are edible, and are often pickled as a caper stand-in.

For years, we were more than satisfied with the classic colors. Colorful mixes are a staple, and individual colors like the creamy yellow Milkmaid and deep red Empress of India are great for more specific designs. Alaska Nasturtiums flaunt vivid white splashes and streaks on their leaves that light up dull corners of a garden. But in the last few years, Nasturtiums are getting even more exciting. New flower forms and flower color variations are the new kick. Our three newest Nasturtiums are perfect examples.

Phoenix NasturtiumsPhoenix Nasturtiums

An Exciting New Form►

Phoenix Nasturtiums have split petals with jagged edges that have a butterfly effect that is different even from a distance. These unique flowers might not be instantly recognized as a Nasturtium if it weren't for the ubiquitous foliage. The flowers are a riot of deep red, scarlet, bright orange, golden yellow and peach with variable streaks. The plants grow up to 14" tall in a typical lush mound of Nasturtium foliage.

Cherrelle NasturtiumsCherrelle Double Nasturtium

◄Double Flowers

A double Nasturtium, you say?! Actually, double Nasturtiums have been around for a while, but they've been notoriously hard to find for most gardeners. Some have to be vegetatively propagated, so if you did find them, they were likely quite a bit expensive. But Cherrelle Nasturtium makes the coveted double form accessible to us all! Its plump, rosy flowers are distinctly ruffled, often with an extra layer of petals. You'll swoon over the color, which hovers between rosy red and coral.

Bloody Mary NasturtiumsBloody Mary Nasturtiums

A Riot of Dramatic Colors►

Our most exciting new addition is Bloody Mary Nasturtiums. This thrilling mix includes flowers in cream to yellow to deep red and every streak, blush, splatter and blotch in between, all against clean, deep blue-green leaves. The effect is so unique and striking! When we saw this new Nasturtium, we just knew we had to have it. This mounder grows up to 14" tall.

Nasturtium SeedsNasturtium Seeds

They're So Easy to Grow

Nasturtiums really are so simple, and low-maintenance. It's best to direct-sow seeds in well-draining, loamy soil after the last frost.

Plant the seeds 1" deep, since they require darkness for optimal germination. Keep the soil uniformly moist until the seedlings emerge, up to 10 days after sowing. keep up on weeding and water the seedlings regularly. If you feel the need, or if you live in a region with short summers, you can start Nasturtiums indoors 5 weeks before the last frost date. Sow the seeds in a good seed-starting mix at 65° to 70°F. Provide even moisture, strong light and good ventilation.Prior to transplanting, acclimate the seedlings to the outdoors by gradually exposing them to outside conditions for 1 to 2 weeks.

Thin or transplant the seedlings 8" to 12" apart in the garden. Nasturtiums flower best with lean soil (rich soil means more leaves, less flowers) and cooler nights.

Nasturtium SeedlingA Nasturtium seedling



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