Last year, I planted nasturtium (Tropaeolum) in the garden and they took off really nicely. These plants produce beautiful red, yellow, or orange blooms. They quickly fill your garden beds, planters, and hanging baskets with edible, bright, and colorful flowers. Nasturtium grows as an annual, but you can still enjoy them year after year. Nasturtiums grow readily from seed, either by purchasing seed packets or from your own garden plants. The plants will die off in the fall, but you can simply collect the fallen seeds for a continuous supply of new nasturtium.
After the growing season was over and during our autumn cleanup, I collected the seeds that had fallen on the ground and stored them over the winter. Here are the instructions for seed collection. The following photographs are from those seeds. I had planted the collected and store seeds this spring and they are now growing nicely. I am quite pleased that the seeds actually grew successfully in the garden this year. I will collect more seeds this autumn and I may not have to purchase another packet of nasturtium seeds again!
A jar of stored nasturtium seeds.
A silica packet for seed storage.
A silica packet to keep seeds dry and fresh for storage over the winter.
A young nasturtium plant.
Blooming nasturtium in the garden.
A new orange nasturtium.
A brightly colored nasturtium flower in the garden.
Brightly colored nasturtium blooms.
Orange nasturtium growing in the flower garden during August.
Nasturtium growing in the flower garden during the late summer.