Nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus

Indian Cress, Garden Nasturtium, Greater Indian-Cress

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Nasturtiums have a wonderfully peppery taste. In Latin, nasturtium literally means "nose twist" and one of the easiest edible flowers to grow. Uses: Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Pick leaves, flowers and seeds when available.

Propagation

Seed

Sowing time best in summer/autumn. For faster sprout, soak seeds in some warm water overnight. Sowing depth should be around 10 - 12 mm.

Special features

Repels harmful insects

Repels aphids.

Wet sites

Attracts useful insects

Attracting hoverflies, which will destroy aphids. Also often used as a trap plant around vegetables – slugs and snails love them and you can keep them away from other plants!

Special features

Origin

Peru, South America

Natural climate

Temperate to warm

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible

Leaves, flowers, seeds.

Personality

Family

Tropaeolaceae

Flower colour

Red, Orange, Yellow

Scent

Mild

Problems

Wilt - Infected plants yellow, wilt, and eventually die. Avoid overhead irrigation since these bacteria are easily spread in splashing water. Disinfect any tools used. Bacterial leaf spot - minimized by improving air circulation (thinning out the plants) and by avoiding overhead irrigation. Slugs and snails, Cabbage White butterflies.

Companion plants

Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli
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