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Nasturtium Seeds - Empress of India

Botanical - Tropaeolum majus

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30 Seeds
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FA-NAS-06
 
Price £1.68
 
 
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30 Seeds.

Other Names - Dwarf Nasturtium, Indian Cress…

Nasturtium Empress of India has a dwarf bushy habit growing to only 25 - 30 cm tall making it ideal for growing in the summer beds, containers or as companion plants in the vegetable garden. It produces semi-double velvety bright red flowers with purple green coloured leaves throughout the summer months into mid autumn.

  • Very prolific and long lasting.
  • Dwarf, compact habit.
  • Excellent variety for growing as companion plants in the vegetable garden.

Suitable For - Hanging baskets, bedding plants, containers, cottage gardens, patio's, companion plants in the vegetable garden, borders

Sowing Months - March - May

Flowering Months - June - September


Soil Preperation

If the soil is a heavy clay add some gritty sand to help with drainage. Remove weeds from the area.

General Information
Habit Annual Soil type Moist, well drained, prefers poor soil
Type Tom Thumb Series Distance between plants 25 - 30 cm
Position Full sun Sowing depth 5 - 10 mm indoors, 10 - 20 mm outdoors
Average height 20 - 30 cm Germination Temperature 13 to 18℃
Average spread 30 - 40 cm Days to germination 10 - 28 days
Hardiness Half hardy down to 0 RHS Bee friendly Yes
Soil Ph   RHS Award winner No

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Nasturtium's dislike their roots being disturbed. It is advisable to sow the seeds in 8 cm biodegradable pots in moist compost at the depth suggested above.
Place in a propagator or clear polythene bag and seal. Germinate at the temperature suggested above.
Once the seeds start to germinate remove from the bag or propagator and place in cooler but not cold conditions. Protect from frost.
Grow on in frost free conditions in a greenhouse or cold frame until all risk of frost has passed and the plants are growing strong.
Harden off over 7 - 10 days before planting out so they can acclimatise to the outdoor temperature.

Direct Sowing

Sow the seeds outdoors in April - May in a well prepared seedbed where the plants are to flower. Sow one seed 25 - 30 cm apart in rows 30 cm apart at the depth suggested above. The soil should be a fine tilth.
Water the newly sown seeds well.


Growing On

Water the young plants well until established.
They should not need fertilizing unless the soil is exceptionally poor. Over use of fertilizer will produce more leaves than flowers.
Avoid overwatering, especially plants growing direct in the ground as they prefer dry conditions, however do not allow the conditions to become too dry.
Container grown nasturtium's will need watering more frequently. Do not allow the compost to dry out fully.

TIP

Dead-head spent flowers regularly to encourage more flowers to bloom.

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