Back in February I started Nasturtium seeds inside. Well..here they are today! I have 2 out front, one on either side of the porch. I thought I planted only Alaska, but realized I planted Jewel in front and Alaska in a small pot in back. Can you see the variegated leaves in this pot? That's the Alaska. I think when I transplanted the burlap pots I got a few mixed in with the jewels!
I have never grown Nasturtiums but have always loved them. I know they do much better in cooler climates, but thought I would give them a go here before summer's heat hits. I always love seeing them in Colorado when we travel there in summer. The colors are so vibrant!
Interesting thing about these plants, the leaves and flowers are edible with a peppery tang. As a matter of fact, ground Nasturtium seeds were used in World War II as a replacement for pepper. I have seen them in salads in the Texas Hill Country in early spring. However..notice anything NOT there?? No blooms! I made a big mistake and fertilized them..only once, but now I read you do not fertilize them as it will produce bushy plants but no flowers. Great! And I was looking forward to those flowers on my porch! Well, I am not giving up. From now on they only get water! And everyday I am going to tell them how pretty they will be when they produce those gorgeous flowers!
"Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is the triumph of hope over experience!"