Nasturtium Seeds - Orchid Flame
About...Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus Orchid Flame) - These beautiful flowers have bright yellow with red edges. As the plants keep developing, the red creeps farther and farther across the bloom, creating all sorts of uniquely beautiful patterns. No two flowers will be just alike on this unique nasturtium.
MORE NASTURTIUM OPTIONS
3 - 10
Mid summer through fall
Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.8
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus Orchid Flame) - These beautiful flowers have bright yellow with red edges. As the plants keep developing, the red creeps farther and farther across the bloom, creating all sorts of uniquely beautiful patterns. No two flowers will be just alike on this unique nasturtium.
Orchid Flame is a trailing variet spreading or cascading 3 to 4 feet tall; however, it only reaches 12 inches in height. This makes it a great choice for hanging baskets or trellises. It is also a quick grower blooming heavily by early summer and keeps on going until the weather turns cold.
The flowers on Orchid Flame Nasturtium are unlike those of any other in the garden. Measuring 2 inches across, they stand out amongst any other flowers. Like all nasturtiums, they are edible, making lovely embellishments on cakes and salads. You can also use them hanging baskets, beds, containers, ground covers, as an ornamental, or a climbing vine. Their only downfall is they do not make a good cut flower.
Nasturtiums also makes a fine companion to vegetables in the garden by attracting bees and repelling destructive pests, particularly around Brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, mustard and collard greens, etc.). Orchid Flame Nasturtium is also useful as a barrier planting around your tomatoes and cucumbers, and some gardeners find it a helpful pest deterrent when ringed around young fruit trees.
Nasturtium is easy to grow from seed. Nick or soak the seeds before sowing. Then direct sow into the garden or the final container in which they will grow, or start them indoors 5 to 6 weeks before the last anticipated spring frost in your area. Expect germination to take a week or so. The Orchid Flame Nasturtium plants need full sun for best flowering; they will grow in part shade, but the blooms will not be as numerous or large. Poor soil often works better than rich for promoting bloom strength.