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Climbing dwarf nasturtium it is a type of nasturtium, a plant native to Peru, which reached us and the rest of Europe through Spain. His scientific and original name, the one with which he emigrated to Italy, France and the Netherlands, then to England, is Tropaeolum, comes from the Greek "tropaion", which means "trophy" to remember a pole on top of which at the time the helmets and swords of killed enemies were tied. In English it then took the name of "Yellow Larkes Spurr ", yellow lizard, in French for "capucine“, And precisely in France the climbing dwarf Nasturtium and other similar ones were among the protagonists of Art Nouveau.
THE flowers of the climbing dwarf nasturtium as well as being beautiful they are also delicately scented, the leaves also smell good if they are crushed with the hands, a smell that I would define spicy, not very sweet but pleasant. Also bees show appreciation for these flowers and with them also the brides and mothers-in-law who choose this flower, not in the version of climbing dwarf Nasturtium but in the normal one, for compose bouquet.
If initially we had to be satisfied with choosing between a few colors, today thanks to brave and enterprising hybridizers, we have colors worthy of the best painters. Not just for the Climbing dwarf nasturtium.
Some examples of chromatic shades in which we can range to decorate gardens and balconies with taste: there are the 'Emperess of India'For those who want a strong, dark and velvety red touch, while l'Apricor Gleam it is for lovers of soft colors, tending to apricot orange, even cream. It is not an either or, there are other options too such as the brick color of the Mahogany Jewel and the creamy yellow, almost white of three varieties: Milkmaid, Primrose Jewel and 'Whirlybird Cream.
Just these three types of Climbing dwarf nasturtium they are particularly appreciated by those who do not like orange and yellow with character. Two other less common shades and, in fact, less appreciable, aesthetically, are that of the soft pink of Whirlybird Cherry and the almost greyish one of Black Velvet, first very dark red but which fades into an anonymous color after a while.
Nasturtium: sowing and cultivation
In addition to the numerous and creative colors, the Climbing dwarf nasturtium it is also very popular because it is very simple to grow, so much so that it is often recommended to bring children or those who do not believe in their abilities and need a full of self-esteem. The climbing dwarf nasturtium means almost guaranteed success. This is what it takes and you shouldn't overdo it because it can even be intrusive when used to add color country-style villas, English cottages and country gardens or our simple and classic balcony.
The Climbing dwarf nasturtium it is part of that type of annual perennial plants, capable of resisting even in areas with harsh winters. It needs a good positioning, especially at the beginning, but it adapts to any habitat, even if hot and dry. But if it is near the water it is certainly better.
As for the terrain, the Climbing dwarf nasturtium it prefers the drained one and not too rich in nitrogenous organic substance so what we recommend is to avoid placing it near other plants that will then need a lot of fertilizer, for example roses. Once it has taken root, the optimal position of this plant is that in a 'bright shadow, much sun does not kill her but disturbs her.
Potted dwarf nasturtium
As it is easy to guess, among all the varieties of this plant, the favorite to keep in pot is that of Climbing dwarf nasturtium, or even not climbing, but certainly dwarf. There are the 'Tom Thumb', called 'Tip Top' in France, or others with even white variegated leaves: the 'Alaska' and the 'Jewel of Africa'.
When we keep this plant in pots, we must pay attention towatering rather frequently, on the other hand, if it is in the open ground, water is essential only if the climate is very hot or the plant is in full sun for many hours. In addition to the dwarf version, among the more particular ones there are the double-flowered version, also present in Italy, and even with extra-double flowers. Of course they are not very common, unlike the Nasturtium with semi-double or simple flowers.
Climbing nasturtium: how to do it
While easy to grow in itself, the Climbing dwarf nasturtium to climb it needs our collaboration. In fact, in the climbing version it does not show the exact characteristics of true climbing plants in name and in fact: no tendrils or hooks. The Climbing dwarf nasturtium it is called such because it shows a timid but willing intention to wrap itself around supports or supports, nets, wires or elements that we propose.
If it finds other nearby trees that it thinks it can lean on and attack, it throws long herbaceous shoots but often needs adequate bindings and "help" to continue growing as a climber. By choosing a variety of Very determined climbing dwarf nasturtium and putting it in the optimal conditions, we can cover walls or pergolas up to a couple of meters in height.
The Nasturtium, not the Climbing dwarf nasturtium, but the “regular” one is also used in the kitchen, an area in which, more than for colors, it is known for peppery flavor of its leaves. However, the whole plant is edible and is appreciated by those who love sour or spicy.
In the various recipes that have among the ingredients the Nasturtium we find many of fresh salads, the unripe seeds are also consumed in brine or salt, such as capers. Let's note that the leaves are a mine of vitamin C and let's dedicate ourselves to the recipes that I suggest in these articles where the Nasturtium together with other flowers, he sits at the table with us. "Flowers to eat" is "Edible flowers“.
Nasturtium: where to buy seeds
Sowing the Nasturtiumsor it is a banal operation that gives not only a lot of satisfaction but also color, perfume and flower gardens. Therefore, immediately obtain a sachet of ready seeds, online with only 2 euros, just a click, and we proceed. There are those who recommend engraving them or soaking them in water, to speed up the germination process, it is not essential but, free to do so.
The important thing is that we take the seeds and place them with the thumb inside the earth, directly planted, in the period that goes from March to May. If instead we prefer in pots, let's prediamone with a diameter of about 10 cm and use a couple of seeds per pot and then place them all in full sun.
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