Care and Planting Instructions

Nasturtiums are easy to care for. Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 8-12″ apart in well-drained soil that is of moderate to low fertility. High nitrogen levels promote more foliage rather than flower production. They will tolerate poor, dry soil. Plant height 12-16″.

Does best where summers are cool. Nasturtiums have average watering needs; don’t over water. Nasturtiums grow well in containers or mixed pots. Attracts hummingbirds.

Nasturtium, Jewell Salmon
tropaeolum majus ‘salmon’

Salmon Nasturtiums are a bushy, dwarf plant with unusual salmon colored, fluted petals. Nasturtium leaves and the flowers taste the same, and can be used interchangeably. Most people describe the taste as peppery, or similar to a radish. People in Italy and southern France consider nasturtiums to be a vegetable. Helpful hint: it is better to pinch out the pistils of the nasturtium flowers before using them. They often have a bit of a bitter taste. Try them in salads or flavored butters.

Nasturtiums attract aphids and are often planted to lure aphids away from other plants. If you are growing nasturtiums to eat, using a safe soap spray at the first sign of aphids will help deter them from your plants.

Harvest flowers when they are fully open. You can harvest the leaves at any time. Nasturtiums will continue blooming until frost. Collect seed head/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry. Or allow seed heads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds.