There are varieties of Nasturtium for all sorts of purposes: climbers for walls and fences, semi-trailers for window boxes and hanging baskets, dwarfs for bedding and edging. Medicinally, Nasturtiums were used to treat urinary infections and influenza. It was also considered to have tonic properties and in hair lotion form, to help prevent baldness. The leaves, flowers and flower buds are eaten in salads while the flowers are used to flavour vinegar. This plant is also a popular ornamental garden plant.
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Nasturtium needs moisture in soil, keep container moist.
Feed once a month, more frequent feeding leads to lush leaves with few flowers.
Sow seeds in Spring where they are to flower.
Cut the dead flowers once a week to prolong flowering.
Nasturtium thrives in full sun or partial shade. It needs moist soil and well drained container. In hot weather if soil feels dry and crumbly, add water. If kept in shade the plant produce lush leaves but few flowers.
Poor sandy soil or loam based compost.
The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.