Nasturtiums 'Alaska', David MacTavish,
Home Garden, Burlington, ON, June 28 2006
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
before we can remember. Available May 2016, in
Winter Hardiness: Tender Annual
Light Requirements: Full sun - part sun
Where to plant: Large Containers or
Height: 6" - 10"
Width: 10" - 24"
Edible Blossoms -the 'tail' of the blossom is very
sweet, strong spicy flavour throughout.
- Garden Performance
Nasturtiums are a carefree plant that will
spread and fill in any area where they are
planted. Nasturtiums do not climb, but they will
spread. We used to grow them in hanging baskets,
where they look absolutely fantastic -once they
even made the front page of the Burlington Post!
Unfortunately too keep them looking nice in
hanging baskets requires a lot of daily
maintenance. The blossoms are edible and will add
zest and colour to your salads.
Nasturtiums prefer to be planted in the
ground. They will out-grow small containers (they
keep putting up babies). Ignore them in the
ground. If the soil is rich you will get more
leaves than flowers. In containers fertilize
lightly, and deadhead blossoms.
Nasturtiums. You can ignore them if there
are only a few, because Nasturtiums will grow
faster than the aphids can do harm, and soon
someone will come along and eat the aphids. For
serious infestations: spray with dish soap and
water (1:40), rinse off after five minutes. We
highly recommend testing a small area first, as
the soap can burn the delicate Nasturtium leaves.
- Colours and Varieties
Whirlybird Series: The largest
nasturtium we grow -there are really large
nasturtiums available (such as Californa
they're not practical they're so big. Watch out
for those posh names:
Whirlybird Cherry Rose (red)
Whirlybird Gold (yellow)
Whirlybird Mahogany (deep scarlet)
Whirlybird Peach Melba (pale yellow with
Whirlybird Tangerine (orange)
Mix: 'Alaska' has a
more compact habit than the Whirlybirds, it's
the only type we ever put in containers. The
series is named for its unique
creamy-white and green foliage which would be
beautiful enough on it's own, without any
blossoms. The colours have not been isolated,
which means if it isn't in bloom we can't know
what colour it will be. There is a large range
of colour -yellows, oranges, and reds.