Tropaeolum- Nasturtium, Indian Cress

Annuals with large, shield-shaped leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers.

Situation:

There are dwarf forms as well as climbing strains, and now also profusely flowering bedding plants with flowers in shades of rose red, salmon pink and yellow.

Soil:

The soil must not contain too much nitrogen, which will produce an excess of foliage.

Propagation:

Sow in mid spring under glass, or in late spring out of doors. Keep the plants 30 cm or more apart.

Tropaeolum majus: Height 15-200 cm; orange, yellow, salmon coloured, red etc flowers in summer. There are dwarf strains, bedding forms with fringed or double flowers or with dark-brown foliage, but also tall climbers which must be trained on netting or some other support. Tropaeolum peregrinum, canary creeper: Climbing plant, to 2 m in height; small, graceful yellow flowers from mid summer to early autumn. The leaves are 5-lobed.

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