What are nasturtium flowers used for?

What are nasturtium flowers used for?

Nasturtium is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. People take nasturtium in combination with other herbs for urinary tract infections (UTIs), swollen airways, cough, and bronchitis.

Where do nasturtiums grow best?

A free-draining soil is essential, and nasturtiums flower best in poor soils (that are low in fertility) as a fertile soil results in lots of leafy growth at the expense of flowers. Hence there’s no need to add fertilizer before sowing. Nasturtiums do well in gravelly or stony ground or growing on banks.

Are nasturtium flowers healthy?

The leaves and petals of nasturtium are extremely nutritious as they contain vitamin C and iron. The leaves also have antibiotic properties which are at their most effective just before the plant flowers.

What plants benefit from nasturtium?

Nasturtiums are plants that are often used as trap crops for attracting aphids or squash bugs. Nasturtium companion plants can draw such pests away from vegetable plants like tomato and squash. They also attract good bugs such as pollinators and hoverflies, a predator of common pests like aphids.

What to plant with Nasturtium?

Broccoli, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts grow better with nasturtiums planted nearby. The flowers keep away Japanese beetles, aphids, cabbage looper and the imported cabbage worm.

How much sun do Nasturtium need?

Although nasturtiums can grow in shade or sun, the best flowering occurs when they receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

When to plant nasturtiums outside?

Plant nasturtium seeds indoors four to six weeks before the last spring frost. Alternatively, wait until two weeks before the last spring frost and plant them outside. Nasturtiums are native to the Andes, and they germinate and bloom best in cool soil.

How fast does Nasturtium grow?

After the seeds germinate, nasturtiums take between 35 and 52 days to flower, depending on the variety and growing conditions. Shorter varieties will begin to flower sooner than tall, rambling varieties, since tall varieties will undergo vegetative growth longer before producing flowers.