Nasturtium or tropeolus

Nasturtium or tropeolus

Nasturtium is a beautiful flower to plant in the garden, especially because it has the property of warding off aphids.

This flower is also called tropeolo (from its scientific name tropaeolum) and includes several varieties, it exists both annual and perennial. The different varieties can also be compact (preferable to be planted in the ground) or hanging (which are typically used in hanging pots for ornamental purposes).

It is a plant of South American origin, more precisely from Peru, the flowers have a delicate scent of honey and are pleasing to bees and even the leaves if wrinkled have a slight scent. The flowers can be of different colors, generally chosen from the range of warm tones, from yellow to red orange.

Nasturtium in the garden: cultivation and positive properties

The nasturtium is simple to grow, you just need to know that this flower desires very warm. It reproduces very easily from seed, for this reason it is often used to make children sow something. It also reproduces spontaneously in a rather intrusive and undisciplined way, so if left to itself it can spread out into the garden beds beyond its borders.

He has no particular needs of land and irrigation, only in case of prolonged drought it is necessary to wet it. Being able to choose the tropeolo, it requires a light, slightly humid and somewhat shaded soil.

A very interesting property of nasturtium is that this flower keeps aphids away, ants and snails. This is why it is precious in the vegetable garden, in particular in a synergistic horticulture logic or if we want to stay in organic cultivation. These flowers can therefore be sown on the head of the flower beds of the various vegetables to deter attacks by aphids.

The nasturtium being pleasing to bees it is precious near fruit vegetables such as courgettes and pumpkins because it increases the presence of pollinating insects.

The nasturtium it is an edible flower entirely, the whole plant is eaten, from leaves to petals, including seeds. This flower has an aromatic flavor, reminiscent of watercress and can be eaten in salads or used to flavor various dishes.

Video: Καπουτσινος - Tropaeolum - Nasturtium