Ladybird Cream Purple Spot Nasturtium
This should prove to be a very interesting Tropaeolium (what they call nasturtiums in the rest of the world). The Dutch grower came out with Ladybird, a bright yellow with red markings, in 1999 and this one followed in 2009. The color is more of a cream with purple spots on bushy compact plants. Should provide some interesting specimens and the blossoms are a spicy addition to any salad.
Germination: 10-12 days, soaking seeds overnight aids germination
Seed Planting Depth: Sow 1/2” deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-65ºF soil temperatures until germination. Using individual biodegradable peat/cow pots/paper pots helps to reduce root damage when transplanting. Transplant 8-10” apart after the last frost date.
Sowing Outdoors: 2 weeks before the last frost into early summer
Growth Habit: Trailing
Height and Width: 10-12” x 10-12"
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average, well-drained. An abundance of nitrogen in the soil promotes excess foliage with limited blooms
Approximate days to flower from seed: 55-65 days
Uses: Attracts pollinators, flower beds, containers, window boxes, hanging baskets, edible flowers and leaves, companion plant in the vegetable garden-brassicas, cucumbers, melons, squash, radishes, and tomatoes
Care: Low maintenance, minimal care required. Deadheading is not necessary but promotes vigorous blooms. When growing in containers they might need to be pruned back during the middle of the season to maintain their shape and watered more frequently