Nasturtium, Alaska

Nasturtium Alaska Mix

Blooming Season:  Summer, fall

Plant Habit: Mounding

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Very seldom

Exposure: Sun

General Information: 

Are you looking to add a splash of color and vibrancy to your garden? Consider growing nasturtiums! These beautiful flowers not only brighten up any outdoor space, but they also offer a range of benefits that make them a popular choice among gardeners.   

Nasturtiums, scientifically known as Tropaeolum majus, are annual plants that are native to South America. Alaska has bright coloured edible blossoms in reds, oranges and yellows that grow on shield-shaped leaves with green/white variegations.  

1. Easy to Grow: Nasturtiums are incredibly easy to grow, making them a perfect choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners. They can be grown from seeds and thrive in various soil types, including sandy or poor soil. Nasturtiums can also be grown from started plants. With minimal care and maintenance, you can enjoy a beautiful display of nasturtiums in your garden.

2. Edible Flowers: One unique feature of nasturtiums is that both the flowers and leaves are edible. The flowers have a slightly peppery taste, similar to watercress, and can be used to add a pop of color and flavor to salads, sandwiches, and other dishes. The leaves can also be used in salads or as a garnish.

3. Attract Beneficial Insects: Nasturtiums are known to attract beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, to your garden. These insects play a crucial role in pollination, helping other plants in your garden thrive. By growing nasturtiums, you can create a welcoming environment for these important pollinators.

4. Natural Pest Repellent: Nasturtiums have natural pest-repellent properties, making them a great companion plant for your garden. They release a strong scent that deters pests like aphids, whiteflies, and squash bugs. By planting nasturtiums alongside your other plants, you can help protect them from common garden pests.

5. Versatile Use: Nasturtiums are not only beautiful flowers but also versatile plants. They can be grown in containers, hanging baskets, or as ground cover. Their trailing habit makes them a great choice for adding cascading color to your garden or for covering unsightly areas.




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