Growing Nasturtium – This is How its Done

Growing nasturtium - This is How its Done

Nasturtium is an ideal summer flower for gardeners who have little experience or are short on time, as it is very easy to care for. In addition, she is also well suited for newly planted gardens because she grows very quickly.

Since the nasturtium is not frost-hardy, it may only be sown outdoors after the ice saints from mid-May. If you would like to look forward to early flowering, then prefer your nasturtium on the windowsill or in the greenhouse.

Preparing in the pot

For growing in the pot you need some clay pots with a diameter of about 6 – 10 cm (2-4 inches) and normal garden soil. If possible, this should be slightly loamy and calcareous and not too rich in nutrients. Possibly mix some sand under the soil.

Plant 2-3 seeds in each pot. Cover the seeds with some soil, because the nasturtium germinates in the dark, and water the seeds lightly. Always keep the seeds well moist throughout the germination period.

The best way to do this is to stretch foil over the pot. Alternatively, you can also put a jar over the growing pot. After about 10 – 20 days the first seedlings appear.

Find the right variety

When looking for the right variety of nasturtium, the first thing you should think about is the space available. A climbing variety requires far more space than a compact one. After all, the tendrils of the large nasturtium can grow up to 3 meters long (10 feet).

Another criterion in the selection is the light requirements of the plant. Some varieties do better in a shady location than others. Last but not least, you can, of course, choose the color of the flowers. It ranges from the traditional yellow-orange and red to white and pink to violet and black.


Before sowing, consider whether you want your nasturtiums to be eaten or just for decoration, and choose an appropriate variety.

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