nasturtium

Moonlit HareMoonlit Hare Posts: 153

I've got self seeded naturtiums sprouting in my veggie patch from this years plants.

I've never grown them before, am I able to pot them up and keep them in an unheated greenhouse until next year, do I need to leave them in the ground where they are, or ar they going to die off no matter what?

Thanks

Becky

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,635

    They will collapse with the first frost. Nasturtium seeds are so cheap, I would not bother spending money on heat to bring them through a winter.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,161

    I'd use the new young leaves in salads now, before the frost gets them.  They're also favourite in this house with slices of salami in a sandwich image

    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • dannysondannyson Posts: 56

    I planted them late spring (from seed) - done well and the caterpillers love them - too much so (the birds don't seem to be bothered with them - the caterpillers that is) - these caterpillers, by the hundreds, have climbed up my house to pupate under the 'eaves' leaving dirty brown smudges (on white paint) once they've pupated.  I've had enough of it - insecticide and no more nasturtians - anyone recommend a similar 'climbing' annual (apart from Ipomea - that I can't seem to get going properly)?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,161
    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • thats nice Dove I may just have to add it to my list of wanted plants 

    here is a link to this flower lovely again thank you Dove 

    http://gardening.about.com/od/plantprofiles/p/Black-Eyed-Susan-Vine-Thunbergia-Alata.htm

    James

  • dannysondannyson Posts: 56

    Yes - of course 'thunbergia' - had them before in my previous garden - no where near as easy to germinate or get going as quickly as nasturtions - but worth a bash as they are not as 'tasty' to caterpillers as I recall.... thanks! 

  • Moonlit HareMoonlit Hare Posts: 153

    Oh Dannyson, sounds like you've had a bit of a nightmare there!

    We planted them specially for the caterpillars so they would leave the rest of the stuff alone, it worked really well, the bonus was the bees etc also seemed to be having a field day!

    Sara, I think you're right! I really struggled to get them to germinate, I lavished them with love and attention and I had maybe 4 plants come up. I supplemented them from the garden centre. Once in though they romped away and they've done really well!

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