The Q&A Archives: Nasturtium Seedlings

Question: I planted bush-type nasturtium seeds in outside pots last month. The seedlings came up and then stopped growing. They are only three inches tall and have very small round leaves. They are starting to bloom, but are still one tiny stalk. We have not had any frosts, and have not had more than average rainfall. I also planted a vining-type nasturtium (moonlight) and it is doing great, blooming and growing everywhere. I planted the seeds at the same time. Why is the bush-type not growing?

Answer: If both types of nasturtiums are getting equal sunlight, water and nutrients, I can't imagine why the bush-type are not thriving. Perhaps the soil is depleted? Or maybe it drains slowly? Cold temperatures, lack of sunlight and poor soils can all contribute to retarded blooming. Check out the environmental factors and I'll bet you'll discover the reason for the slow growth in your nasturtiums. If you take corrective actions I'll bet your plants will be blooming their little heads off by mid-summer!

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