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Nasturtium, Empress Of India
Victorian heirloom with edible flowers.
Unique, deep blue-green leaves are the perfect background for the dazzling, long-spurred 2½" scarlet blooms. Compact plants only 1 ft. high are superb for hanging baskets and mixed plantings in kitchen gardens. Large seeds are easy to sow directly in the ground. Blooms until frost. GARDEN HINTS: Use as companion plants for cabbage, cucumbers and herbs. Helps in repelling whitefly and cabbage caterpillars.
NOTE: To aid germination, rub seed with nail file.Sow in average soil in full sun to part shade after danger of frost. Sow about 12"" apart and cover with 1/2"" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist."
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days. Naturtiums do best in areas with relatively cool summers, but usually, they can grow anywhere. Climbing types will need some training and support on their upward journey. Nasturtiums cut for vases often root in water.
Nasturtiums are pretty annuals to use as edgings or at the front of a flower bed with other low-growing annuals and perennials. Allow plants to trail over walls or raised beds, and use them to add summertime color to rock gardens. They also look beautiful in containers and window boxes. Train climbing types onto strings, trellises, shrubs, or other supports. Use nasturtiums to garnish salads or other dishes, or cut them for a vase.