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Nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus

Indian cress, Garden nasturtium, Greater Indian-cress

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Pick leaves, flowers and seeds when available.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time best in summer/autumn. For faster sprout, soak seeds in some warm water overnight. Sowing depth should be around 10 - 12 mm.

Special features

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
Repels aphids.
Crop rotation
Light Feeder

Geography

Origin
Peru, South America
Natural climate
Temperate to warm

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
Leaves,Flowers,Seeds.
Notes
Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic

Personality

Family
Tropaeolaceae
Flower colour
Red, orange and yellow.
Scent
Mild

Problems

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.

Companion plants

Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli

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