Nasturtium is not only a beautiful ornamental plant, it also tastes really good. It also thrives not only in the bed, but also in the tub.© moquai86 - Fotolia.com / Nasturtiums are very easy to care for
The easy-care and robust nasturtium grows very well not only in the bed, but also in the pot, tub or balcony box. Small and compact varieties are best suited for pots. If you have a lot of space, large buckets with a climbing aid, on which the plant can climb, look very impressive. Varieties with a low, bushy habit are ideal for smaller balconies, patios or front gardens.
How to properly plant nasturtiums in a pot
You can treat nasturtiums as you wish. The plants or the seeds really do not resent you. If you prefer plants in the room, start in February / March. Then from May you have strong young plants that can move to a larger pot. You can also sow the seeds directly in the planned pot.
❶ Take a pot that has one or more drain holes, because waterlogging must not form. Then fill it with earth. This should be sandy-loamy. Normal potting soil with rather few nutrients is also suitable. Adding lime is also good for the plants. Too much nutrient supply produces many leaves, but the plants then bloom less.
❷ Let the seeds soak in warm water for a few hours before sowing. Two to three seeds per pot are sufficient. Accordingly, more has to be put into very large buckets. Young plants are also available pre-purchased, but nasturtiums are so good from seeds that they are not worth spending. After the last frost in May, the plants are then allowed to go outdoors.
❸ Now it's about choosing the right location. The nasturtium thrives in every location. In the shade, however, it bears fewer flowers. If you have a very sunny balcony or other place with a lot of sun, the plant needs more water, otherwise blazing sun is possible as well as partial shade.
How to properly care for nasturtiums in pots
The nasturtium is thirsty - so water regularly and on very hot days, preferably twice a day, because a lot of moisture evaporates from the large leaves. At the latest when the leaves are hanging, it is time to reach for the watering can.
In contrast, fertilizer is rarely necessary. During the flowering period from July to October, it is sufficient if you supply the nasturtium with a little liquid fertilizer once a month. You do not have to prune the plant. If the growth is too abundant, you can easily cut off some shoots. Here is another reading tip: Nasturtium does not bloom - 2 tips from us!
By the way:
The nasturtium is annual. In autumn it forms seed pods that you can use well for the next sowing.