Flowers Nasturtium Empress of India

Empress of India

Nasturtium Seed

Product ID: 1824

Victorian era heirloom.

Scarlet flowers stand out amid the very dark green foliage of this old-fashioned favorite. The compact, mounded plant habit makes it especially suitable for containers or as an edging plant. Also known as garden nasturtium and Indian cress.

• Edible Flower: Use the flowers as garnishes, or stuff with soft cheese. The flowers can be minced and added to butters and the immature seed heads can be pickled. Nasturtiums are a popular choice for adding color to salad mix. Peppery-flavored foliage is also edible.

Ht. 16-20". Avg. 200 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.

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Packet

$3.95
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1 Ounce

$5.90
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1/4 Pound

$15.70
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1 Pound

$51.75
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Additional Information

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 60-65°F (16-18°C).

SOWING: Trellising is needed for climbing varieties and they will need assistance to climb.
Direct seed (recommended): Sow 2 weeks before last frost, 8-12" apart, 1/2-1" deep. Cover seed as they require darkness to germinate. Thin when seedlings have the first true leaves.
Transplant: Sow 3 weeks before the last frost. Plant 2 seeds 1/2-1" deep in individual cells or pots. Cover seeds as they require darkness to germinate. Thin to one plant per cell or pot. Harden off and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Well-drained, but not especially rich soil. High nitrogen levels promote more foliage than flower production.

PLANT SPACING: 8-12". Thin to 3-5 plants in hanging baskets or 10" containers.

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.

HARVEST: Edible flowers: Harvest when the flowers are fully open.
Edible leaves: Harvest at any time.

USES: Bedding plant. Excellent in containers and hanging baskets. Edible.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Tropaeolum minus
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
55 - 65 Days
Life Cycle
Plants are either Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grows year after year), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Annual
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated
Product Features
Heirloom Heirloom
HL = Heirloom. Seeds which have been saved over many years and passed down, in original form, from generation to generation.
Grows Well in Containers Grows Well in Containers
Variety does well when grown in a container.
Edible Flowers Edible Flowers
Variety's Flowers may be consumed.
Heirloom Grows Well in Containers Edible Flowers