Flowering Nasturtiums, Kaleidoscope Mix
Nasturtiums are super easy to grow annual flowers that provide bright, colorful, tasty, edible flowers and act as a natural insect attractant for your common garden pests. A definite gardener favorite! A perfect addition to add along borders, in hanging baskets, pots, and can act as a trap crop for aphids in a greenhouse. The flowers and edible foliage add a delicious peppery taste to your garden salad. Yum!
This kaleidoscope mix is well-known for its bright red, yellow, and orange blooms with swirled bicolors. This variety likes to climb or trail along garden beds or borders and the flowers and leaves are edible. They are sure to produce blooms over a long season and are quite beautiful! This is a great flower to plant to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects to your garden.
Trap crops are plants that attract pests away from nearby valuable crops. This type of companion planting can help protect your desired plants from being taken over by pests. This is a great organic gardening method.
Days to Maturity: 55-65 days
Plant size: 16” sprawling or climbing height
Plant spacing: 8-12” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Nasturtiums like full sun to partial shade in well-drained, but not especially rich soil. Use fertilizer low in nitrogen to encourage flower production rather than foliage production. Nasturtiums benefit from regular irrigation, usually when the top 1” of soil has begun to dry.
Pruning: Although you do not need to prune nasturtiums, they may spread if allowed to set seed.
Culinary: The flowers are commonly used as garnishes or can be minced and added to butter. Immature seed heads can also be pickled. Nasturtiums are a popular choice for adding color to salad mixes and the peppery-flavored foliage is also edible.
Nutrients: Both the leaves and petals of the nasturtium plant are packed with nutrition, containing high levels of vitamin C. It can improve the immune system, tackling sore throats, coughs, and colds, as well as bacterial and fungal infections.
Companion planting: Nasturtiums are compatible with most plants. They can help to repel squash bugs and can also be used as a trap crop for aphids. Nasturtiums are companions to broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, pumpkins, radish, squash, tomato, beans, melons, and potato.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.