- botanical name: Tropaeolum majus
- height 12-16″
- spacing 8-12″ apart
- full sun tolerant, partial shade
- poor-average soil
- flower color red
- uses in garden: as a border, great in containers, as edgings, mass planting
- use in salads, on sandwiches
- attracts hummingbirds
*Please note: our 2014 shipping season for organic plants is over. We accept plant orders at any time of the year, however, and if you prefer to place an order outside our regular shipping months of April-May, ordering is still easy. “Why we only ship in April and May.”
Due to the nature of shipping live plants, when you place an order, we will simply hold your order and ship it at the proper time for your zone, when weather permits in April 2015. Seed packets are shipped year round through USPS.
For more information see our “Ordering and Shipping Policy.”
Mahogany Red Nasturtiums add a touch of old-fashioned charm to vegetable gardens, borders and pots with their deep scarlet flowers which blend beautifully into any planting. They are also a good choice to mix with spring-flowering bulbs, since they can effectively hide unattractive bulb foliage. The large, 1 1/2-2″, spurless blooms are an unusually rich color and are perfect for dramatic mass plantings as well. The flower, leaves and seed pods are edible, each with a watercress or radishy flavor. Chop leaves and flowers to add to salad; use flowers stuffed or minced and added to butters.
Nasturtiums are easy to care for. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Nasturtiums actually do better in soil of moderate-to-low fertility, and prefer well-drained conditions. High nitrogen levels will promote more foliage rather than flower production. Does best where summers are cool. Nasturtiums have average watering needs; don’t over water. They will tolerate poor, dry soil.
Recommended planting method: outdoors – sow seeds two weeks before the last frost, 1/2 inches deep, 6 inches apart. Cover seeds with soil, as they require darkness to germinate. Germination 7-14 days. Thin seedlings after they have their first true leaves, spacing plants 8-12 inches apart. Days to bloom 55-65.
Harvest when flowers 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.