Nasturtium - Empress of India (Heirloom) - Tropacolum majus
Annual - These easy to grow heirloom flowers with their unique deep blue-green foliage and vermilion red blossoms have graced gardens for hundreds of years. Their glowing color attracts hummingbirds who love to visit the long-spurred blossoms. As a wonderful bonus, both the bright flowers and leaves are deliciously edible with a spicy-sweet watercress-like taste. Empress is my favorite for garnishing green or seafood salads, chopped and mixed with cream cheese or added to rice dishes.
Soil Temperature: above 50°F
Planting Depth: 1"
Germination: 9-12 Days
Height At Maturity: 10"
Sun/Shade: Full to Partial Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 10"
Approx Seeds per Pack: 30-35 Seeds
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Planting & Care
Soil & Water:Grow in any well-drained garden soil. No fertilizer is usually needed and too much nitrogen will create abundant foliage without substantial bloom. Do not allow plants to dry out during germination or bloom season.
Planting & Growing:To Start Outdoors: Sow seeds in spring, once the danger of frost has passed, in full sun (or partial shade in hot climates). Poke seeds into well-worked soil about 1" deep and 3 - 4" apart. Press soil firmly over the seeds and keep moist. When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin to 10" apart as mounding plants need ample room to grow. To Start Early Indoors: Sow 2 seeds in individual 4" pots of well-drained seed starting mix 3 weeks before last expected frost date. Cover 1" deep. Provide a strong light source. When seedlings have several sets of leaves pinch out the weaker seedling, leaving 1 per pot. When weather is evenly in the 50's, gradually acclimate to outdoor conditions. Transplant seedlings into the garden 10" apart in full sun.
These mounding nasturtiums are reliable and easy to tuck into any well-drained spot. They are a perfect disguise to cover fading bulb foliage in late spring. Their softly draping leaves and sunny flowers will quickly fill garden beds or containers. In mild winter climates, sow seeds again by mid-June for late summer blooms. Leaves and flowers are tasty additions to salads and sandwiches.