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Nasturtium 'Alaska'

Very quick-growing, with a mixed colour cascade of flowers, cream, yellow, orange and red, brilliant for picking for a small table centre, and they're delicious too.
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30 seeds

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Details:

Type
Half-Hardy Annual
Position
Container Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
June - October, 10-12 weeks from sowing
Height
30cm (12in)
Group/Species
majus
Common name
Nasturtium
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
30cm (12in)
Cultivation
Sow 2cm deep indoors March-April and plant out after last frosts, or sow direct May-July, two seeds per station, 30cm apart, and thin to one. Semi-trailing habit.

Description

Very quick growing, with a mixed colour cascade of flowers – cream, yellow, orange and red. Brilliant for picking for a small table centre and excellent at the centre of a flower bed to bring in lots of good insects (ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies and bees) to control the bad. They're also delicious, making a lovely peppery addition to salads.

This variety is more interesting than many, with lovely cream dappled, variegated leaves that look great in a salad as well as the flowers.

Plant it in the veg patch as a companion plant to repel white fly and attract black fly away from cabbages and broad beans. It has an intense flavour reminiscent of capers.

Care Tips

Once established, nasturtiums need very little attention. If you feed them you will gain leaf at the expense of flowers, and too much watering will give the same result, so watering once a week if they are growing in pots should be sufficient.