Answer: Nasturtiums do grow in full sunshine but new plants may be overly sensitive to direct sunshine. Sometimes it's easier on new little seedlings to be gradually exposed to full sun. I'd put the trays or pots outside in an area that recieves morning sun and afternoon shade, then move them into an area that gets morning and noon sun but protection from afternoon sun, then finally move them to a full sun site. This will allow the foliage to acclimate to the growing conditions. Nasturitums vary in their growth habits. There are trailing or climbing kinds and compact, bush, dwarf kinds which grow about 18" high and wide. If you have the trailing kinds, expect them to flop over and crawl along the ground. They look terrific if allowed to cascade down a wall. You can stake the trailing, climbing kinds to make them grow upright. The compact kinds will form a dense little plant without the long stems.
Bachelor's Buttons will grow tall and the stems are not always strong enough to hold themselves upright. You can use bamboo stakes - just install them in the planting hole when you plant your Bachelor's Buttons and gently tie the stems to the stakes.
Best wishes with your new annuals!
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