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Nasturtium [Tropaeolum majus]

Nasturtium [Tropaeolum majus]

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Tips to reduce water requirements

We recommend mulching the beds
Experience has shown that by covering the floor with hay or straw, evaporation can be reduced by 80%. If you keep the beds evenly moist, an optimal humid microclimate will be created under the mulch. This not only promotes the growth of plants, but also enormously reduces water consumption. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and harvest quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times, even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time
The desiccation of the soil leads to a huge decline in micro-and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in a barren soil over time. Tests have shown that the water content in the entire bed with full-scale irrigation remains longer than if watering is only carried out selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured surfaces, in contrast to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed is filled with moisture. Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to achieve it again and again.

Shipping and pick-up information

We offer CTT shipping for Saagut Europe and USA far! With us you will always receive a tracking number to track your package. Shipping costs differ depending on the shipping region. Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping
Portugal (with the Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or package up to 500g = € 3.50
2 kg Bus Package = 8 €
Package over 2 kg = 16 €

Europe Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = 7 €
500g Bus Package = 9,50 €
1kg Bus Package = 14 €
2kg Bus Package = 20 €
Package over 2kg = 40 €

USA Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = € 7.50
500g Bus Package = 15,50 €
1 kg Bus Package = 24 €
2 kg Bus Package = 33,50 €
Package over 2 kg = 67 €

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The nasturtium is an ancient perennial tea, vegetable and medicinal plant that originates in South America. It was already known as a medicinal plant to the advanced civilization of the Incas, who used it to treat infected wounds. The frost-sensitive and fast-growing plant forms entire, shield-shaped, large and round leaves that spread to cover the ground or climb along trellises, fences or privacy walls and reach impressive sizes. Flowers, buds and leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. The aroma of the leaves is particularly strong with a slightly hot and spicy taste that is reminiscent of mustard or cress. The young buds are edible and can be marinated in vinegar, salt and oil and consumed like capers. The mature seeds can be dried and ground and used as a seasoning powder. A classic summer bloomer that is used as a natural antibiotic.

General information
Plant family: Tropaeolaceae
Life cycle: Perennial
Days to harvest: 100 days
Plant height approx.: 40 cm
Root type: Deep rooter
Nutrient requirements: Weak eater
Water requirements: Low
Winter hardiness: Up to 3 °C
Location: Sunny until semi shady
Soil: Permeable, loamy, sandy, humus

pH value: 6 to 7

Sowing and planting information
Germ type: Dark germinator
Sowing depth: 2-3 cm
Optimal germination temperature: 18-21 °C
Germination time: 10-21 days
Plant and row spacing: 50x100 cm

Optimal mixed culture: Potato, Pepper, Tomato, Zucchini, Fruit trees
Unfavorable mixed culture: -

Subtropic climate (Mediterranean) (e. g. B. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
We recommend pre-cultivation in small pots from February to June.

Moderate climate (e. g. B. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
We recommend pre-cultivation in small pots from February to April, with planting out in May after the last frosts.

When pre-cultivating, sow the seeds in small pots and let the seedlings grow to the first visible nasturtium leaves. Then plant the pregrown plants from the pots directly into the open field. The seedlings are planted in the bed from the 2nd pair of leaves after the cotyledons.
Nasturtium prefers a sunny and wind-protected location with a permeable, humus-rich and sandy loam soil. Prepare the soil with seasoned animal manure. Avoid waterlogging.

Additional tips
Summer sowing reduces aphid infestation. Greater exposure to light on the plants leads to increased flower formation, while less light causes stronger leaf growth. A high supply of nutrients promotes leaf growth. High exposure to light increases the need for water. The rootstock survives in areas without ground frost and sprouts again in spring. In order to quickly obtain a fine, crumbly and permeable soil, we recommend additional incorporation of biochar and primary rock powder.

Type of propagation
It spreads via seeds or cuttings.

Plant care
Regular watering causes faster growth. Beds prepared with animal manure and planting in mixed culture replace additional fertilizer.

Germination ability of seeds: 2-3 years

Other Names
Botanical names: Tropaeolum majus
English names: Nasturtium
German names: Kapuzinerkresse
Portuguese names: Capuchinha, Nasturcio
Spanish names: Capuchina
French names: Capucine

  • Made in harmony with nature
  • All seeds and seedlings are genetically stable for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination at regular intervals
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