Nasturtium is a cute annual climbing vine that will gleefully decorate your garden.
Key Nasturtium facts
Name – Tropaelum majus
Family – Tropaeolaceae
Type – annual
Height – 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) up to 13 feet (4 meters) for those climbing
Exposure – full sun
Soil – normal
Flowering: summer → early fall – Care: none – Special feature: random yellow, orange, red blooms
Nasturtium will climb along hedges, fences, pergolas and low walls and cover them with orange and yellow flowers. Easy to care for and to grow, it can bear all kinds of soils and climates.
Planting and sowing nasturtium
Planting from a seedling
Simply dig a small hole, tease the seedling out of its pot, and plunk it in the hole. Pack the soil around it without pressing too much. As long as it isn’t sitting in water all day long, it’ll grow swell! No need to amend the soil with fertilizer or anything.
Also, don’t restrict yourself to a single color, your flower bed will be much more beautiful if you blend different colors together.
They’ll quickly cross-pollinate with other plants in the area anyways, so it’s difficult to keep a color or variety true to seed for this species.
Sowing from seed
- Summer watering must be regular but without excess.
All there is to know about nasturtium
There are quite a few different varieties, they differ by flower color, leaf color (like the variegated nasturtium shown above/right), and climbing or trailing habit.
Native to North America, its brightly colored flowers will enliven the edges of your garden, and they will also highlight the shrubs you’ll be planting them under.
Smart tip about nasturtium
Nasturtium is edible and can be used to spice up certain meals. All parts are great: pepper-spicy leaves for greens, flowers with a little piquant… Even the seeds are delicious when pickled while young (eat like you would capers, on pizza like olives for example).
Some varieties like tuber nasturtium also have edible roots.
It’s both sweet and distinctly pepper-flavored. For example, you can pair them with arugula salad… delicious!