Nasturtium Whirlybird

These unique nasturtiums have upward facing, 2 1/2 inch semi-double blossoms in a showy range of warm shades; cherry rose, creamy yellow, soft peach, tangerine, mahogany, scarlet and rich gold. Whirlybirds are perfect for patio containers, window boxes, or to soften garden edges and corners with vibrant, free-blooming flowers and softly mounding lily-pad shaped leaves. As a wonderful bonus, both the bright flowers and leaves are deliciously edible with a spicy watercress flavor.   (Tropaeolum majus)

Product Weight: 4.5 grams / approximately 30-35 seeds

Plant Type: Annual

Bloom Color: Orange, red, yellow, peach

Grows Best In: Full to Part Sun

Bloom Period: Summer / Fall

Growth Habit: bush

Days to Seed Germination: 9-12 days

Seed Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1")

Growing Height: 20-25 cm (8-10")

Planting Instructions:

EASY TO START OUTDOORS

Sow seeds in spring once all danger of frost is over in full sun (or part shade in hot climates). Nasturtiums need no added fertilizer in most soils. Poke seeds into well-worked soil about 1 inch deep and 3 to 4 inches apart. Press soil firmly over the seeds and keep moist. When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin to 10 inches apart as mounding plants need ample room to grow.

 

TO START EARLY INDOORS

Sow 2 seeds each in individual 4-inch pots of well-drained seed starting mix 3 weeks before last expected frost date. Cover 1 inch deep. Provide a strong light source. When seedlings have several sets of leaves, pinch out the weaker seedling, leaving 1 per pot. When night temps are above 50°F (10°C) gradually acclimate to outdoor conditions. Transplant seedlings into the garden 10 inches apart in full sun.

 

GROWING NOTES

These mounding nasturtiums are reliable and easy to tuck into any well-drained spot. They are a perfect disguise to cover fading bulb foliage in late spring. Their softly draping leaves and wonderfully colored flowers will quickly fill garden beds or containers. Nasturtium leaves and edible flowers add zest to salads and sandwiches.

 

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