Sunday, April 4, 2010

Seed GROW project — Nasturtium "Spitfire"

This year I'm participating in the Seed GROW Project put together by MrBrownThumb. Renee's Garden donated a packet of Climbing Nasturtium "Spitfire" seeds to all participants. I got my packet weeks ago, but today is the official starting date.

I am really excited to get going. I'm going to start them indoors in paper egg cartons like I did for my nasturtiums last year. It will happen this week, I just didn't have time to do it before I left town for the holiday.

I have high expectations for this variety. Last year I grew a bush type of nasturtium, and it didn't really spread out or hang down at all from the edge of the balcony planters. So this year I'm excited to see if these will cascade down. I also want to try training them to grow up a trellis and frame the sliding doors with them. I think it will be really pretty. I have 37 seeds (5gm) to work with.

Renee's Garden also sent a packet of seeds for Double Cosmos "Rose Bon Bon." I haven't grown cosmos before, but they're supposedly good cut flowers. Having flowers I could cut and do nicely in a vase was something I missed planning for last year. I just have to figure out where to put them.

"I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee's Garden for the seeds."


  1. Awesome that you're part of seed GROW project too!

    My "Diablo" Cosmos are in a 4" pot and flowering pretty profusely inside my apartment on my windowsill. The stems the flowers are on are not extremely long--4 to 6", maybe. These plants have the potential to get huge, but it seems that you don't need to give them all that much root space and they'll perform well. I'm sure you can find some space for them on your balcony!

  2. I grew "Moonlight" Renee's other climbing nasturtium and it really got going after the heat of summer was over and the vines grew to about 8 feet long. I had mine in the ground but wished I had some balcony space to place them because they would've looked really nice.

  3. I'm thinking of letting some of mine trail down from the balcony too. That is if my HOA doesn't get mad.

    I sowed the Rose Bon Bon cosmos, and they sprouted withing 24 hours. Super instant gratification! :-)

  4. Thanks for allaying my fears everyone :)

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    Maybe there is not big variety, but this is because all seeds are checked one by one, in order to ensure that they are natural organic with good germination. Tested and packed for 2012.