Nasturtium Time Again

@Raelove (17749)
Saco, Maine
June 25, 2017 5:34pm CST
I've been growing nasturtiums in pots for many years, and I can honestly say that I never tire of them. They spend several weeks producing greenery, which includes distinctive round leaves that are not unlike the sand dollars one finds on a beach in summer. Then, almost over night, there are the buds opening, revealing their bright orange, yellow, and multicolored blossoms. This year, I decided to try a climbing variety. But so far, the plants are behaving like any other regular nasturtium. I don't care, though, as I really do not have the space here for them to spread that much. One of the best things about nasturtiums is that they are among the easiest annuals to grow from seeds. The seeds are round and dimpled and quite large by seed standards, measuring roughly 1/4 inch in diameter, which makes them very easy to work with and plant. Unlike tinier seeds, you just poke a hole in the soil, drop a seed in, cover it, and that's it. Within a couple of weeks, the large first leaves appear above the soil, and the plants develop quickly after that. It's also easy to harvest nasturtium seeds when the plants fade. As the petals fall off, each flower stem reveals a large green seed that, if picked off and allowed to dry, can be planted next year. So once again, I'm enjoying the little "garden" just outside my door, and my nasturtiums that never let me down. (Photo is mine.)
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@celticeagle (121073)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Jun 17
I used to grow nasturtiums too. They are fun to grown and see develop.
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@Raelove (17749)
• Saco, Maine
28 Jun 17
Yup. Once they get going, there's no stopping them.
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@celticeagle (121073)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Jun 17
@Raelove ....They are a sturdy plant.
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@just4him (132707)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Jun 17
They're beautiful. I didn't realize how easy they were to grow. Can they be an indoor plant?
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@Raelove (17749)
• Saco, Maine
28 Jun 17
If you have a nice bright sunny window, I don't see why you couldn't grow some indoors...
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@just4him (132707)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Jun 17
@Raelove I'll look into it. I would like to liven the place up with some plants. I do have a couple that are doing unexpectedly great. Every year I buy a poinsettia for Christmas and it usually is in the trash before Easter - It's always lasted that long. However, this year it didn't die but is looking really great. I've started watering it again and it's taking off. I don't know if I'll get the red leaves, but it's fun to watch it leaf out.
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• United States
25 Jun 17
You certainly have a green thumb Rachel. And those are lovely!
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@Raelove (17749)
• Saco, Maine
26 Jun 17
Thanks...if I can grow these, anyone can. I just poke the seeds into the soil and water them. Nature does the rest!
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• United States
26 Jun 17
@Raelove I assure you mine would fail
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@marguicha (106246)
• Chile
25 Jun 17
I always have nasturtiums. They are beatiful and hardy. Did you know that leaves and flowers can be eaten? Just imagine adding some nasturtium flowers to a green salad. And if you collect seeds, you can put it in vinegar and use them as capers.
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@Raelove (17749)
• Saco, Maine
26 Jun 17
That's right...they are not hardy here, as our winters get very cold. So we have to enjoy them only in the summer.
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@marguicha (106246)
• Chile
27 Jun 17
@Raelove We can have them all winter here.
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@mandala100 (53680)
• Hong Kong
25 Jun 17
Is it hard to grow nasturtiums?
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@Raelove (17749)
• Saco, Maine
26 Jun 17
Not at all. Soil, seeds and water. That's it. Among the easiest to grow.
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@mandala100 (53680)
• Hong Kong
30 Jun 17
@Raelove Alright. thank you for the information.
@sishy7 (27592)
• Australia
27 Jun 17
Such a beautiful plant... Thanks for sharing the picture...
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@Raelove (17749)
• Saco, Maine
28 Jun 17
You're welcome...one of my favorites...
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@Gwynivar (13)
• United States
26 Jun 17
And they taste great!! Spicy flowers add zip to salads and vinegars and taste great in they own. The seeds can be pickled and used as capers.
@Raelove (17749)
• Saco, Maine
26 Jun 17
Yes they do. Thanks!
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Jun 17
they are t ryuly beautiful love your idea loo ks great there
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@Raelove (17749)
• Saco, Maine
26 Jun 17
Thanks...I love how the flowers cascade down the plants...
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@jstory07 (72425)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 Jun 17
Those nasturtiums sure are pretty. We do not have any of the wild flowers growing up at all.
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@Raelove (17749)
• Saco, Maine
26 Jun 17
No wildflowers around here either, which is why most of us grow things in pots outside. Thanks...
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