Gardening Questions And Answers
Since it is considered an annual, plant the seeds in spring when the danger of frost has passed. Once they are established, nasturtiums will continue to spread and bloom until the first frost, with little more than the occasional sprinkling. Nasturtiums basically come in two forms: compact and trailing.
Nasturtium, any of various annual plants of the genus Tropaeolum, in the family Tropaeolaceae, native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America and introduced into other regions as cultivated garden plants. Nasturtium is also a genus of aquatic herbs of the family Cruciferae (see watercress).
There is no hard-and-fast schedule for pruning nasturtiums. Dry leaves and wilted blooms signal the need to clean bushy nasturtiums. Pinch back old leaves to the nearest cluster of stems. Deadhead blossoms and pinch flower stalks back to a cluster of leaf stems whenever you find wilted or dead flowers.
If your mature nasturtiums are leggy, they could stand to be pruned a little. For the bush species, pinch off spent flowers and older stems back to where they meet other stems. This will keep the plant bushy and shapely. Vining nasturtiums are particularly vulnerable to getting leggy and messy looking.
Identification: Nasturtium is pretty easy to identify with its red, orange, or yellow 5-petal flowers, with a vine-like growing pattern and round leaves with visible white veins connecting in the center. Gathering: Leaves can practically always be gathered and the flowers usually appear from July to September.
Development stages of nasturtium flowers: 1= totally enclosed bud, with visible petal tips; 2= expanded buds, with completely visible although closed petals; 3= newly open buds; 4= fully open flowers (estádios de desenvolvimento de flores de capuchinha: 1= botões totalmente fechados, apresentando projeção apenas das