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Tropaeolum majus - Nasturtium

Genus: Tropaeolum.

Species: Tropaeolum majus.

Common name: Nasturtium
Botanic name: Tropaeolum majus

A fast-growing annual from Peru, which has pale green, umbrella-shaped leaves with long stems. Flowers are produced in summer and autumn and come in shades of orange, red and yellow. There are trailing and bushy types, with single, semi-double or double flowers. Variegated varieties are also available.

Best climate: Nasturtiums grow in most areas of Australia, except for cold, mountain zones.

Good points: quick and easy to grow colourful, long-lasting flowers attractive foliage trailing and bushy types available

Downside: Nasturtiums self-seed readily and may pop up in places where they are not wanted.

Growing nasturtiums: Nasturtiums like a sunny, well-drained position. They will tolerate a wide range of soil types, but a moderately fertile soil is best. Sow seed directly into the garden. In warm areas sow from spring to early autumn, but in cold areas sow in spring only. Don't overfertilise - too much nitrogen will produce lush foliage at the expense of flowers. Seeds germinate in 2-3 weeks, and plants start to flower in 10-12 weeks from sowing. Pick flowers regularly to prolong the flowering period.

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