Top Questions About Nasturium Plants

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Questions About Nasturium Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 3, 2011

Q. Edible Flowers

I want to grow edible nasturtiums and calendula in containers. Do I need to grow them myself from organic seeds (need a source), or can I buy nursery plants and just grow them without pesticides?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 3, 2011
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You can purchase either the plants or seeds from a reputable nursery (preferably one that does not use pesticides) to grow edible plants.

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Asked by
Jack J on
June 15, 2012

Q. Best Soil for Nasturiums

If it is true that nasturiums grow best in “infertile” soil as some sites say, what is “infertile” soil? I’m assuming it means “don’t add compost” but does it mean start w/ just topsoil or actually go full on and plant in sand or rock?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 16, 2012
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It pretty much means that you can grow this plant basically anywhere that provides plenty of sunlight and in any soil type as long as it drains well. Nastutiums are not too picky about where they are grown.

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Answered by
garden123 on
June 15, 2012
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nasturtiums do not like really GOOD soil. the worst soil in your yard, in full sun, and on the dry side, will ensure beautiful blooms.

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Asked by
Alice Collins on
June 21, 2012

Q. Why are the leaves on my nasturtiums turning yellow

They were lush and green and now many leaves are turning yellow and falling off.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 22, 2012
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Asked by
highgarden on
July 10, 2012

Q. will deadheading nasturtiums promote new flowers?

Will deadheading nasturtiums promote new flowers?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 11, 2012
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Yes, picking or deadheading the spent blooms frequently helps the nasturtium plant produce more.

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Asked by
porphyro on
October 21, 2013

Q. Should my nasturtiums (Tropaeolum) be seeding by now?

Should my nasturtiums (Tropaeolum) be seeding by now? I planted them in the garden as seedlings this summer; they have grown quite extensive and all flowered. There are a few flowers remaining but no seeds, as they haven’t fruited yet. What should I do next? Thanks.

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
October 22, 2013
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Give them a little more time, seed production on nast's is slow. This link might be helpful: http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/2007/08/when-i-collect-nasturtium-seeds.html

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 26, 2014

Q. Nasturtiums

I recently planted some nasturtium seeds and as they came up something has been eating the leaves and leaving the stems. I do not see slug trails – what can it be?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 26, 2014
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It could still be slugs or snails. Setting out a pan of beer will determine it or not. It could also be rodents.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 7, 2014

Q. Picking Edible Flowers

I have planted edible nasturtiums, pansies, and violas, and like to use the flowers for salads. My question is about picking them. Do I pick these flowers at the top of the stem or the bottom (i.e. will a new flower grow in place of the one I picked, or should I take the whole stem off)? One gardener told me to take the whole stem of violas. A different gardener told me he doesn’t know the answer. Me, well, I barely know a tulip from a sequoia, so I thought I’d better ask someone who does. Thank you very much in advance!

Answered by
Nikki on
May 7, 2014
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I would imagine this would depend on the types of flowers, as removing blooms of some plants does encourage reblooming. For the most part, however, I think taking the entire stems would be suitable enough for you. There will be plenty more stems and flowers in their place.

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