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Tropaeolum majus ‘Empress of India’

Nasturtium

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height1m to 3m
  • Growth HabitScrambling or scandent
  • Flower ColourDark red
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Tropaeolum majus ‘Empress of India’ (Nasturtium). This fast-growing, bushy annual bears medium green leaves, and in early summer to early autumn, trumpet-shaped, dark red flowers appear.

Characteristics

Annual, Herbaceous

Origin

Andes Mountains

Interest and use

Hanging, border, edging, culinary, fragrance

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Sandy, Poor quality
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are frost hardy to frost tender. This species is hard to transplant, so it is best to sow seeds where you would like your plants to grow. They will prefer moist well-drained soil in full sun or partial-shade. They might need staking.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds, cuttings or tubers in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids and caterpillars of cabbage white butterfly and its relatives may cause problems.

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