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Nasturtium - Empress Of India - 15 seeds

Nasturtium - Empress Of India - 15 seeds

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Nasturtium 'Empress of India' is a beautiful and unique variety of nasturtium flower. It features striking deep red flowers and dark green, round leaves, creating a striking contrast. The flowers are edible and have a slightly spicy, peppery flavor, making them a popular choice for adding color and flavor to salads, garnishes, and other culinary creations. 'Empress of India' is a compact and bushy variety, reaching a height of around 12 inches (30 centimeters) and spreading up to 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. It is an annual plant that is easy to grow and can be cultivated in both garden beds and containers. This particular variety is highly prized for its ornamental value and is a favorite among gardeners who appreciate its vibrant and richly colored blooms.

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Sowing and Growing Guide

Nasturtium Empress of India

Indoor Sowing

  • Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last expected frost date.
  • Fill seed trays with seed starting mix and sow seeds 1/2 inch deep, 2-3 seeds per cell.
  • Keep the soil moist and at a consistent temperature of 60-70°F.
  • Seedlings should emerge in 10-14 days.
  • Once seedlings have developed their first true leaves, thin them to one per cell.
  • Transplant seedlings outdoors when they are 3-4 inches tall and all risk of frost has passed.

Outdoor Sowing

  • Sow seeds directly into the garden after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up.
  • Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil.
  • Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep and 6-12 inches apart.
  • Water regularly to keep the soil moist.
  • Thin seedlings when they are 3-4 inches tall, leaving 6-12 inches between plants.

Growing

  • Nasturtium Empress of India prefers full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil.
  • Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Provide support, such as a trellis or stakes, for the vining plants to climb.
  • Pinch back the tips of the plants to promote bushier growth.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.
  • Harvest the vibrant flowers and leaves for culinary uses.