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With dark green and crimson leaves, and ruby-orange flowers, this climbing and trailing nasturtium is a firm favourite. Eat it too!

Genus Tropaeolum
Group/Species majus
Variety Empress of India
Type Perennial (grown as an annual)
Common Name Nasturtium
Border Position Container Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Direct sow May-July about 2cm (1in) deep in lines or blocks 20cm (8in) apart. Sow two seeds together in each position, seedlings should appear within 3-4 weeks. If both seeds germinate, remove the weaker plant, which can be transplanted elsewhere in the garden. Water well until young plants are established. Nasturtiums thrive in poor soil. May be sown earlier indoors from March-April and planted out after last frosts.
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.
Flowering June - October, 10-12 weeks from sowing
Vase Life 3-4 days.
Harvesting Flower production: 4-5 months.
Cooking Notes The leaves and flowers are edible, with a peppery flavour.
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Nasturtium 'Empress of India' (Tropaeolum majus) reviews

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Reviewed 13th August 2019 by Christine

Poor germination! From a nasturtium!

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with your 'Nasturtium' seeds and have arranged for you to receive replacements."

Posted 14th August 2019

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Lianne

Good. Liked the colour :)

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Paula

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Diana

Brilliant colour and very vigorous plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

Poor germination! From a nasturtium!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sheila

Have about 5plants and flowering quite well