Nasturtium Tropaeolum

Nasturtium Tropaeolum refers to a species of plants that provides beautiful, vibrant flowers and rich, deep foliage. The plants are completely edible and come in many different varieties from dwarfs to climbing varieties. They are native to warmer climates but can easily be grown virtually anywhere today. They are a versatile plant both in use and in growing and require very little care and maintenance in order to thrive. Many choose to grow nasturtium tropaeolum for the leaves and blooms which are used in a variety of recipes. They provide a light peppery flavor, perfect for pastas and salads as well as many other dishes. Nasturtium seeds are also edible and are often pickled and used to replace capers.

Growing Nasturtium

Nasturtium tropaeolum again, is a very versatile plant. Growing is very easy and they grow rather quickly. Germination time is between seven to ten days and it typically takes only about 55 days for the flowers to begin blooming. When planting the seeds you should ensure that you space them about ten to fifteen inches or so apart to allow for the plants to grow. Seeds should be pushed about an inch into the ground. Water the seeds only once after planting and then not again for about a week. They require dry soil and typically do not thrive in wetter conditions so take care not to give them too much water. Fertilizer is also not something that they need as this can cause the foliage to grow thicker and the blooms to grow fewer.

Uses for Nasturtium

There are many uses for nasturtium tropaeolum from medicinal to cooking. The plants have been used for centuries for healing certain digestive tract disorders as well as general illnesses such as influenza. They are filled with antioxidants, Vitamins A and C and iron as well as folic acid and many other nutrients. The seeds are also filled with iron and Vitamin C and can provide various medicinal uses as well. Many choose to grow the plants simply for their cooking uses. The leaves and flowers can be added to various salads and other dishes to give them a zest of flavor. You can find many recipes online that use nasturtium for flavor. Leaves and flower blooms can be chopped and added to pesto, sauces and spreads for an added burst of flavor.

Garden Uses

Nasturtium tropaeolum provide a beautiful burst of color for any garden. Climbing varieties make excellent choices for gardening trellises and there are a variety of color choices available. The plants are considered to be excellent companion plants as they help to ward off insects that may damage other plants such as cucumber beetles. They can be planted along the edge of your vegetable garden or at the beginning and end of each row to help protect other plants during growing. They repel many different insects because of their peppery leaves and blooms and are especially good companions for cauliflower and broccoli as well as squash and other vegetation.

Nasturtium Tropaeolum