Nasturtium - Dwarf Jewel
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- Category: Flower
- Type: Nasturtium
- Variety: Dwarf Jewel
- Family: Tropaeolaceae
- Botanical Name: Tropaeolum majus
- Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
- Growing Difficulty: 3
- Soil PH: 6.0 to 8.0
- Fertilizer Requirements: None
- Soil Type: Moderately Fertile, Moist, Well-Draining
- Germination (days): 10 to 12
- Soil Temp for Germination: 55-65°F
- Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN, PART SHADE
- Days to Maturity: 35 – 52
- Planting Depth: 1/2”
- Distance Apart (in row): 10-12"
- Row Spacing: 12-24"
DIRECT SOW IN FULL SUN WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 55°F
4-6 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
Nasturtium prefers poor soil, so it's typically an easy plant to grow. Be sure to soak your Nasturtium seeds in water overnight or about 12 hours to help the seedlings break through the thick outer shell.
Some growers even knick the seed hull with nail clippers prior to soaking. Generally, an annual plant, but considered a perennial in zones 9 through 11.
Nasturtium is an edible flower that can be eaten for a spicy mustard green type of flavor. Simply pluck the flowers and add them to your salads for a colorful and complex flavor.
Many gardeners use Nasturtium to encourage butterflies and pollinating insects to visit their gardens. However, it is also used as a beneficial companion plant for most vegetable varieties. Nasturtiums are known to deter aphids, whiteflies, cucumber beetles and a variety of other garden pests.
Pluck the flower heads and harvest the leaves for a variety of edible uses. You can even use the seeds as an alternative to capers.
Allow the nasturtiums pea sized seeds to mature on the plant. They will dry out on the vine and eventually fall off. Once they fall off, collect them and dust the dirt off.
Dry the seeds for a few weeks in a cool dry place and safely store them for use in the next growing season.