What Are Nasturtiums?
Nasturtiums are vibrant, easy-to-grow, edible flowers which makes them the perfect addition to your spring and summer garden. Nasturtiums grow well in containers, raised beds or even planted into the ground as a cover crop. This plant is often used as a trap crop, attracting aphids which can be detrimental to vegetable and fruit gardens.
Types of Nasturtiums
- Climbing Nasturtiums – these are best planted along a fence, trellised or in a hanging container where they have space to climb and grow their beautiful vines.
- Bushing Nasturtiums – these are best planted if your garden is limited on space or you’re using them for companion planting in a garden bed without a trellis.
Are Nasturtiums Perrenial or Annual Flowers?
Nasturtiums are not perrenial flowers, they are an annual plant which means you will need to re-plant your crop every year. However, I have had the flowers die back in a freeze and come back to life in sunny temperatures!
Are Nasturtiums Edibile?
YES, nasturtiums are edible. In fact, you can eat the entire plant. The edibility is likely one of the top reasons gardeners grow this variety, the vibrant color and peppery taste brings a unique life to dishes, especially soups and salads.
5 Reasons To Plant Nasturtiums
- Nasturtiums are an excellent trap crop. They attract pests like aphids which keeps them away from your vulnerable crops nearby.
- They are easy to grow! Nasturtiums will grow in pretty much any soil type. They prefer well-draining soil in full sun (6+ hours) but can tolerate part shade as well. You can learn more about planting nasturtiums here.
- Nasturtiums will bring pollinator friends to your garden such as butterflies + bees!
- The ENTIRE plant is edible and brings flavor and color to kitchen dishes.
- Nasturtiums are packed with benefits. They are said to be high in vitamin C + have properties beneficial for skin health. You can read more about the benefits here.
Where To Buy Nasturtiums
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