Grown first in kitchen gardens, young leaves, buds and flowers were picked for salads. (Buds were also pickled like capers.) By the late 1800s, breeders had developed many dwarf forms in a wide range of colors, and they became popular in bedding designs. Cottage gardeners often preferred the rambling old-fashioned types, letting them climb through other vines and spill over fences and trellises. Compact 12" plants. Dark blue-green leaves, salmon blooms.
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.