Nasturtium

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Tropaeolum tuberosum

Capucine    Nasturtium   Capuchina   Kapuzinerkresse

Crop Rotation Group :Miscellaneousnasturtium

Soil :Any sunny site with good drainage.

Position : Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant : Nasturtiums may survive very light frosts, but they are easily damaged by freezing temperatures.


Companionage

Helps: beans, squash, tomatoes, fruit trees, brassicas,radish, cucumbers
Helped by:
Avoid:
cauliflower
Attracts:
predatory insects
Repels:
aphids, asparagus beetle, cabbage looper, cabbage worm, carrot fly, cabbage weevil, Colorado potato beetle, squash bug, Japanese beetle, Mexican bean beetle, striped pumpkin beetles, whitefly,cucumber beetles, flea beetle. trap crops for aphids, is among the best at attracting predatory insects, deters many pests of cucurbits.


 Plantation

Sow and Plant :Soaking seeds in water overnight prior to planting may speed germination, but nasturtium seeds sprout best when the soil is warm. Poke seeds into the soil about 1 inch (3 cm) deep and 3 inches (8 cm) apart. Thin to 12 inches (30 cm) apart in all directions.

Germination:  days

Spacing :Single Plants: 11″ (30cm) each way; Rows: 11″ (30cm) with 11″ (30cm) row gap

Feeding : Mix a light application of a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil prior to planting.


Harvesting :Nasturtium blossoms, leaves and immature green seed pods are edible. Gather nasturtium blossoms in the morning, when they are plumped up with moisture. Snip away the base of each blossom, which may taste bitter.

Time to harvest: days


Troubleshooting :Nasturtium will often reseed itself in hospitable sites.

Notes :Nasturtiums sprawl out over the ground, so they suppress weeds and shade the soil when grown near tall plants like sweet corn, tomatoes or sunflowers.