Climbing nasturtium "Orange" - Tropaeolum majus L.
A beautiful annual plant of the Nasturtium family with bright orange flowers.
Height (length) up to 300 cm. Flower diameter up to 5 cm.
It is widely used in vertical gardening. Sowing is carried out with seeds in the ground in May or through seedlings in April. Seedlings appear in 10-14 days. Seedlings are planted in the ground when the threat of frost has passed. The distance between plants is 20-30 cm.
Flowering occurs 50-60 days after germination. Blooms in July - August. Nasturtium is thermophilic, afraid of minor frosts, photophilous and unstable to drought. On fertile soil, it grows to the detriment of flowering. It grows well and blooms profusely in boxes on balconies and windows, in concrete vases and containers.
Nasturtium prefers drained, well-fertilized, moderately moist soils. Plants do not tolerate fresh manure, lime and excess moisture, but with a lack of moisture in the soil, it grows poorly and almost does not bloom. On highly fertilized soils, the number of flowers decreases and the leaves develop rapidly. Nasturtium is thermophilic and photophilous, does not tolerate transplantation. It is better to plant it in sunny places, on moderately fertilized soil. In partial shade, it develops large leaves.
Nasturtiums are propagated by seeds. For early flowering, seeds in early May are sown in pots of 2-3 pcs. and put in a greenhouse or under a film. Sowing in boxes is undesirable, because it is worse than most flowers, tolerates transplantation. After the end of the frost, the seedlings are planted in open ground. With the onset of warm weather, seeds can be sown directly into open ground in a permanent place. Caring for nasturtium consists in regular watering and feeding before flowering.
Low-growing nasturtiums are good for curbs and path edges. Long-leaved nasturtiums are good for landscaping buildings, balconies, gazebos. When growing them on lawns, timely installation of supports is necessary.
Eng.: Climbing nasturtium. Suom.: Isoköynnöskrassi. Sven.: Slingerkrasse.