The Main Plant entry for Garden Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: 1/2 inch
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by LindaTX8 (Medina Co., TX - Zone 8a) on Feb 6, 2012 1:18 PM

If I want Nasturtiums, I have to get them going early. Often I start them in pots to get an earlier start! With the extreme heat and intense sunlight (often all day long) of my area, Nasturtiums have difficulty continuing once the HOT part of the year starts. They usually tend to go away in summer, but I do love these plants, so I keep trying. Love those cute leaves and flowers! I just love to look at them! I do occasionally eat the flowers, but it's hard, because usually I just want to keep the flowers around to look at!

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Posted by carlysuko (Oceanside, California. Sunset zone 24 - Zone 10a) on May 11, 2018 11:07 AM

Invasive in San Diego County. It may even be considered a noxious weed. I live near a nature preserve, and it covers the shady hillsides next to the main entrance. It is pretty, but spreads very aggressively here. We have received very little rain here this year, and it is still everywhere! It is fragrant, but in my opinion it has a sickeningly sweet scent. Check your State/County invasive plant list before planting.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 29, 2011 5:54 PM

I like to use nasturtiums planted at top of a terraced wall to spill over and also in really tall pots, where they can trail down to the ground, providing a lovely curtain of green and blooms.

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Posted by kqcrna (Cincinnati, Oh - Zone 6a) on Feb 6, 2012 10:06 AM

Most growing information I've seen recommends full sun and poor dry soil for nasturtium. However, I find that mine do best with a little part-shade and occasional water.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 23, 2013 12:25 PM

Honestly, I tried putting Nasturtiums in my salad but I did not like the pepper taste at all. So I just grow Nasturtiums as garden flowers because they are so pretty and because the hummingbirds love them also.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 31, 2011 2:37 PM

Leaves and buds good in salads - add a little "zing."

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Posted by OldGardener (So Cal - Zone 10b) on Jul 21, 2014 7:48 AM

I used to use nasturtiums as a ground cover under the wine grapes as they always reseeded well. However, after a few years, they became a little too aggressive, covering the walkways too. Although I like the peppery taste, other family members found them to be a bit too spicy.

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Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On December 31, 2014 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
dragonfetti On November 21, 2014 Seeds sown
Started several pots by seed in the spring. Still blooming in several pots. "Jewel" mix, not like the photo.
chelle On May 1, 2015 Seeds sown
Purchased as 'Cup O' Sun'

Soaked overnight and planted with peas

Remainder in Ash tree wildflower bed
Catmint20906 On July 9, 2015 Bloomed
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