I expected my Nasturtium 'Spitfire' to be climbing much higher up the homemade teepee trellis I'd constructed for them by now. The plants seem to be fairly healthy, with no real insect problems or disease that I can tell, but they are no taller than any other nasturtiums I've grown in the past. At least not yet anyway. We've had warm temperatures with plenty of rain - but not too much rain - and the rest of the garden has become a jungle.
Nasturtiums don't benefit from fertilizer as far as blooming is concerned, so while feeding them might make the plants larger (i.e. climb higher), it would diminish the blooms, so no fertilizer or compost has been applied.
Other than not really climbing yet, I've made a couple of other observations:
- Typical of previous nasturtiums I've grown, many of the lower leaves have turned yellow and gotten brown and crispy. It's not to excess, but every year I've grown these plants, I get this, so at least for me, it's not out of the ordinary.
- I'm seeing seed formation already, which surprises me. First blooms were three weeks ago, so I guess it's not too early for that, but it seems like it. But then the cicadas started singing two weeks ago, and that's early for them, too.
Nasturtium seed pods
- I've not noticed aphids hanging out on these, which is saying something, because I don't think I've ever grown nasturtiums that didn't have aphids at some point. It was usually black aphids. I have noticed a little bit of leaf miner activity though.
- One of the plants has lighter colored blooms than the rest. I prefer the darker color, which I think is the color they're supposed to be, but the lighter color is still pretty. The veining shows up a little better in the lighter ones.
Planted (direct sow): April 18
First bloom: June 12
Days to bloom: 55