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10/08/2012 at 15:48

Hi, for the past 2 years i have been trying to grow Nasturtiums.  However both years they have looked like the above photo.  Any idea, what i could be doing wrong.   The current bed they are in was only created this year would that have anything to do with it?

Any suggestions would be welcome.

Many thanks



10/08/2012 at 16:13

I'm by no means an expert but it's possible you've been much too nice to them! They generally grown best in soil that is not enriched. In your lovely raised bed you maybe have lovely new compost. Mine seem to like being chucked in a sunny spot and ignored!

10/08/2012 at 16:38

Flo-is spot on-they need rubbish soil-anything decent and it will too many leaves and not enough flowers

10/08/2012 at 16:46

Hi guys, thanks for that.  They are planted in new compost as the bedding was only created this year.  I was wondering if it was that. But!  then all the hanging baskets i have seen with nasturtiums will have fresh compost and they are not like my display.

Don't get me wrong, it may not be what i hoped for - its still on the dramatic side and the leaves are beautiful

10/08/2012 at 17:29

The ones in hanging baskets rely on you feeding them as the food in the compost quickly runs out-in a bed they are not so confined and the roots search out food and water

10/08/2012 at 17:57

There are also  named varieties that hold the flowers above the foliage, they're called Whirlybird  They don't trail like the traditional ones, so if you want that you could grow some of each.

10/08/2012 at 18:08
Sotongeoff - thanks, that makes sense, thanks.

Dovefromabove - thanks for the tip. Had a look a the link, will give them a bash for next year.
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