Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum)

In previous years I’ve had trouble with Nasturtiums (or Tropaeolum). This year, however, my luck changed and I had success with growing them from seed. They benefit from scarification by nicking each seed. I think keeping them in an at least partially shaded area helped. They prefer poor soil and at least 1″ of water per week.

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Harvest nasturtium flower buds, flowers, and young leaves in the morning when flowers have just opened for fresh salads. The more heat-stressed, the stronger the leaves and flowers will taste. Wash and dry the flowers and leaves and use immediately or store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They have a peppery flavor that ads a lot to a salad.

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How pretty are these?

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