Sunday, June 6, 2010

GROW — June update

Spitfires in a small planter with a trellis. May 15.

In the big planter - May 20th

May 20

Today. The plants in the near planter haven't grown at all in the last few weeks. The ones in the far planter are doing OK, not fantastic, just OK. I have no idea what the problem is. Probably something with the soil, but I don't know how that would have happened — this dirt both grew herbs last year, and was amended with compost this spring. :(

In the big planter, they are FANTASTIC! The newest leaves are huge — 5" across!

And they're getting big enough to peek through the railing.

Still no flowers though.

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


  1. Nice combination of plants... and they look healthy. ~bangchik

  2. Don't worry too much over the smaller nasturtiums. I have two Alaska ones doing well this year so far. They gew at a slow but steady pace in their seedling cups and then sort of stalled when I moved them to larger pots, they put more leaves out but stayed about the same size for about a month. In the last week or so they have finally started putting on some height and one is flowering out of nowhere! Good luck!

  3. Sometimes they just take a while to get established and really growing. Last year when I grew them they were just kind 'meh' all year and then one day in the late summer they just exploded and grew and bloomed like mad. Don't give up on them.

  4. I love nasturtiums! I'm growing some black ones this year, in addition to the pale yellow ones. Can't wait to see the flowers. They'll be a really nice accent to salads... I don't think I've ever had a leaf 5 inches in diameter, though. Pretty amazing!

  5. I've not been keeping up with all you other Grow project bloggers, but have made the rounds today. The "nasties" I've seen, including my own, aren't living up to my expectations. I was hoping for a more vigorous viner, one that didn't need me tying its stems to something as it grew. 'Spitfire' is purported to be a climber, and it don't say on the packaging that it needs assistance from the gardener. Mine is in a pot with a black-eyed Susan vine, atop a pedestal, and I'm allowing both to trail out and down. I didn't get around to planting more seeds until today, and I just scattered them randomly in and around the flower beds. We'll see how they do. With such a short growing season here in the northeast, I'll be thrilled to see flowers by August, if then.