Indian cress, Garden nasturtium, Greater Indian-cress
Nasturtiums have a wonderfully peppery taste. In Latin nasturtium literally means "nose twist." and one of the easiest edible flowers to grow. Uses: Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic.
Pick leaves, flowers and seeds when available.
Sowing time best in summer/autumn. For faster sprout, soak seeds in some warm water overnight. Sowing depth should be around 10 - 12 mm.
Attracts useful insects
Attracting hoverflies, which will destroy aphids. Also often used as a trap plant around vegetables- slugs ans snails love them and you can keep them away from other plants!
Repels harmful insects
Peru, South America
Temperate to warm
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic
Red, orange and yellow.
Wilt - Infected plants yellow, wilt, and eventually die. Avoid overhead irrigation since these bacteria are easily spread in splashing water. Disinfect any tools used. Bacterial leaf spot - minimized by improving air circulation (thinning out the plants) and by avoiding overhead irrigation. Slugs and snails, Cabbage White butterflies.