About Nasturtium Crimson Emperor
The hummingbirds love the “Crimson Emperor” for her endless crimson cherry flowers and golden throats that adorn them freely all season long. Their semi-trailing habit quickly fills areas with lush tropical growth. There’s plenty of extra to add zing to your salad with the leaves and flowers. The University of Illinois puts Nasturtium on their list of deer resistant plants.
Nasturtium Crimson Emperor
Planting and Growing Nasturtium
Make sure your Nasturtium “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area that is sunny or part shade. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot.