Tropaeolum majus ‘Double Gleam Orange’
A self-seeding, easy to grow annual that sports vivid semi-double orange flowers with a pleasant aroma. Start seeds indoors or direct sow outdoors anytime after last frost up until late summer. Some choose to soak the seeds in water overnight before germinating, but we find this to be unnecessary as they are usually the first ones to pop even without soaking.
Nasturtiums will grow in part shade to full sun, but really prefer the cooler temperatures of the spring and fall seasons. There is an old gardeners maxim: “Be nasty to Nasturtiums” because they prefer to grow in poor, dry soils. Soil that is too rich leads to leaf and stem growth at the expense of the flowers… This ‘Double Gleam Orange’ variety is considered a trailing Nasturtium and can be trained to grow vertically or cascade down from hanging baskets and other containers. Reach 5+’ in length. Plants can also form lovely, billowing 2′ circular mounds of round, green leaves, or can be used in baskets where the foliage and flowers can cascade down.
Nasturtiums are considered a crossover plant, as they’re equally at home in the flower garden as they are in the vegetable plot. The young nasturtium leaves are rich in vitamin C and the flowers are gorgeous served on a plate, or chopped up in cream cheese to make for a fresh sandwich; and the round leaves have a rather strong peppery flavor, perfect for spicing up a salad. We like to eat the flower fresh off the plant and get the syrup out of the back of the spur. As much as we all love them, rabbits will pass them over! The long-spurred flower blossoms do attract hummingbirds, and other general pollinators, however. This low maintenance, carefree herb is sometimes used in gardens as a pest-attractant because spider mites and aphids will colonize these plants and perhaps leave your more expensive plants alone.
This is one of our favorite plants to grow and is also one of easiest, time and time again.
Part shade to full sun
Height: 2 ft
Zones: Perennial in zones 9-11. Annual in colder zones.