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Nasturtium, Vesuvius

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HEIRLOOM. Dark blue-green leaves, salmon blooms.

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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.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

10-12 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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Nasturtium may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden after frost, or grown from potted plants.

Note: When sowing from seed, before sowing, gently rub the seed with a nail file to aid germination, as nasturtium has a hard seed coat.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost using a seed starting kit. It is best to use a large celled kit, or fiber pots as nasturtium roots are easily damaged when transplanting.
  • Sow seeds ½ inch deep in seed starting soil
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the frost.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden

  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds ½ inch deep 12 inches apart.
  • Firm soil lightly, water and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-14 days.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Select a location in full sun with moist, well drained organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.  Be careful to not disturb the roots as nasturtiums can resent being transplanting.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. 
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • Do not over fertilize as nasturtiums prefer a poor soil.
  • Climbing varieties will need some training and support on their upward journey.
  • Deadhead to keep plants flowering longer.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.  
  • Nasturtiums do best in areas with relatively cool summers, but usually, they can grow anywhere.
  • asturtiums 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.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
10-12 inches
Spread
10-12 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Nasturtium, Vesuvius is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable from seed Nasturtiums are probably one of the easiest plants to grow. No problem at all with these. I planted them directly out in the garden after the first frost. They grew pretty fast. Flowers faded in the intensity of summer, but that happens with all Nasturtiums. However, when it started cooling off again, I am flush in blooms once again. The color looks exactly as in the photo.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These were insane. They bloomed like crazy all season long and never died even though I was rather neglectful of them because wasps built a nest nearby. Really profuse and hardy plant.
Date published: 2016-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another wow Again, my first time growing nasturtiums, along with empress of india variety. Seeds sown indoors and out did very well. However, instead of getting just red from empress, or pink from Vesuvius, I got a whole rainbow added in. There was pale pink/white, both pale and bright yellow, orange, and orange red. Not what I ordered, but still so pretty. A happy mistake. Next year I'm ordering nasturtiums in all different colors. I just love them in the veggie garden for the look and benefits, and in salad too.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from flowers I accidentlly got these ,,And was pleased with the mistake,, These look beautiful in my planters ,, they vine and are a beautiful color ,, will buy these next year
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exquisite color If I had to choose only one nasturtium it would be Vesuvius. The soft, pastel salmon color contrasts beautifully with the blue-green foliage. Vesuvius is a welcome addition to any garden.
Date published: 2010-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bursting with blooms and greenery! I randomly scattered these seeds around my cucumber plants early in the season just after last frost and once it started to warm up they went crazy! Now I have lots of new peachy blooms every day - enough even to toss in salads. I'll be including these in the vegetable garden in the future for sure.
Date published: 2007-06-07
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