Climbing Nasturtium - Tall Seed Mix
Profuse and sweet-yet-spicy smelling flowers in a gorgeous mix of reds, maroons, oranges and creams require no fertilizer and little water. Climbing Nasturtium is quick-growing trailing vines (also good for hanging baskets) that thrive on benign neglect - easily covering trellises, fences or summer arbors.
Succeeds in all but the coldest areas.
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) derives its name from the Latin words nasus and toquere, which translates as "nose twister" - no doubt in reference to is light, peppery smell. Some sources credit the Peruvians for introducing early Spanish explorers to the nasturtium and to its delightful taste. Others maintain that the edible qualities of the blossoms were well known to the ancient Persians four centuries before Christ's birth. The plants were first brought from Peru to Spain. From there, nasturtiums went on to seduce England and all of Europe.
Considered to be the ultimate edible flower as the leaves, flowers, stems and seeds are all edible with a peppery, softly spicy flavor similar to watercress. Add the flower petals to salads for a bright, spicy note. Makes an unusual and tasty garnish for steaks, especially with a bit of herbed butter or blue cheese. Other uses include decorating cheeses, making nasturtium pesto, adding flavor and color to soups, and stuffed nasturtium flowers. See our recipe for Pickled Nasturtium Pods.
Nasturtiums also attract aphids, making them an excellent trap crop. If aphids attacked your young fruits trees last year, plant some of the trailing nasturtiums at the base of the tree this year. Portable containers of nasturtiums allow you to move them to affected areas of your garden. Once the plants “trap” the aphids, move the containers to a safe place, hose off the aphids, and place them back in the garden where they are most needed.
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These vines were a star of my Wisconsin garden! I planted several at each end of long tomato trellises. The garden plot was nearly entirely composted horse manure, so I had a lot of vegetative growth of all my plants and few flowers early in the season. The nasturtiums also seemed to take their time, but by late summer the vines had sealed the ends of my rows shut with a mass of tall round leaves and cheerful orange blossoms. I could tramp right through them and they'd be back to their glory the next day. I'm looking forward to growing them again next season in much poorer soil to see if I get more flowers and less leaves.