Very easy to grow, nasturtiums prefer leaner soils. In the garden, space plants 12” apart in the spring after danger of all frost has passed. Prefers full sun to part shade and does best where summers are cool.
Nasturtiums have average watering needs; water more frequently in hot weather but don’t over water. They will tolerate poor, dry soil. Removing yellow leaves keeps them looking fresh. Deadheading is not necessary.
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and are said to repel less-desirable insects, deer, and rabbits.
Nasturtium, Ladybird cream purple tropaeolum minus
A compact, mounding variety of nasturtium, Ladybird cream purple has creamy yellow petals that are marked with red spots. It is the perfect complement in window boxes, pots or tumbling over a wall. Blooms summer to fall, but avoid overly rich soils and nitrogen fertilizer for the best show of flowers.
In addition to being able to eat the flowers, you can eat the leaves that have a spicy, peppery or radish flavor. Fresh leaves and flowers are a zesty addition to salads or sandwiches, or can be stuffed and sautéed, or made into pesto. Unripe nasturtium seed pods can be pickled to make an excellent substitute for capers. 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.
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. Collect seed head/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry. Or allow seed heads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds.