Nasturtium Empress of India - Mr. Fothergill&

Nasturtium Empress of India - Mr. Fothergill's Seeds

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Tropaeolum majus

  • Annual 
  • Easy to grow
  • Heirloom variety
  • Attract bees and butterflies
  • Full sun
  • Drought resistant
  • Well suited to patio and container gardens

Dark foliage gives rich effect

An old variety which produces opulent ruby-crimson, single flowers against dark compact leaves.

Approx. 25 seeds

Sow outdoors, April-June, where they are to flower, 1.5cm (½”) deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Sow two seeds together every 20cm (8"). Seedlings usually appear in 21-28 days. Remove the weaker plant, which can be transplanted elsewhere if desired. Water well until young plants are established.

Sow indoors for earlier flowers, February-May, 1.5cm (½”) deep, individually in small pots of compost. Keep moist. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out, May-June, 30cm (12") apart, into well-drained soil, when frosts are over. Flowers: June to October.

Do not feed nasturtiums, as this will encourage leafy growth rather than flowers. They do well on poor, hungry soils and withstand fairly dry conditions.

Nasturtium leaves and petals are edible and will add a spicy flavor and appealing colour to any salad!  

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