Nasturtium Blue Pepe is a unique European variety bred specifically for culinary use. The name is derived from its wonderful steel-blue leaves with purplish undersides. The flowers themselves are also edible and their bright-red hue makes an attractive addition to salads, as well as being perfect for garnishing stir fries. The leaves have a slightly peppery taste, reminiscent of watercress. The flavour becomes spicier when the flowers are grown in sunnier, hotter weather. The flowers are less intensely flavoured than the leaves but they add a dramatic, colourful zing to any recipe. Nasturtiums were first cultivated in Perù and were introduced to Europe by the Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century.
Packet contains 10 seeds.
HOW TO GROW
SOWING Indoor Feb-Apr Outdoor Apr-June
TIMING Germination 7-15 days Harvesting 50-70 days
SPACING When sowing 3-5 cm; Depth 2 cm When thinning 5-10 cm
GROWING Sunligth Full sun to partial shade. Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil. Watering Regular, allow to dry out. Feeding Addition of fertilizer is not necessary.
CARING Expert tip Do not fertilise because this will promote leaf growth and suppress flowering. Dead-heading or picking the flowers will prolong blooming.
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