Tamara asks us a concise question: "How to care for nasturtium on the balcony?"
Having decided to decorate your balcony with nasturtium, you can completely do without it, alternating dwarf plants with ampels. You can combine nasturtium with other colors: blue sage, calendula, marigold and heliotrope.
Secrets of landing
- In "greenhouse" conditions - on a closed balcony and loggia - capuchin lives, as befits a perennial, for a long time.
- Germination of seeds begins in March-April, immersing them in moist soil and covering with glass. Remember that capuchin does not like heavy, manmade soil, preferring loam and sandy loam. It is recommended to harden seedlings before planting, placing it on the balcony when it is warm for several hours.
- The delicate root system of nasturtium needs to be handled carefully, so it is preferable to grow seedlings in peat glasses or pots with a removable bottom.
- Good drainage of the soil in boxes and pots will help to avoid the accumulation of water at the roots - this is one of the main rules for planting a perennial on the balcony. We have already talked about how to make drainage for flowers in our previous publications.
- Sometimes seeds (with an interval of 20 cm) are planted directly in a flower box. The stage of seedlings is bypassed when receiving ampelous species of nasturtium, germinating seeds directly into the pots.
- If the balcony is not insulated, the planters are taken out into the open air when the weather is warm. With a sudden cooling, flowers are removed from the balcony.
- As a rule, in central Russia, nasturtium “leaves” the warm walls, moving to loggias and balconies, on the twentieth of May. Ideally, if on the day of the "move" the sun will hide behind the clouds.
What nasturtium needs
- Watering the balcony nasturtium must be correlated with the stages of its growth. Before flowering, the plant requires a lot of moisture, with the appearance of the first flowers, watering is reduced, not allowing the earth to dry out.
- Fertilize nasturtium mainly in the growing phase. Do not get carried away with nitrogenous fertilizers - they stimulate the growth of tops. In order to "multiply" the flowers, you need phosphorus.
- The simplest natural catalyst for budding is wood ash: 10 g of ash is added to a liter of water, watering the plant with this solution to the first flowers.
- On balconies blown by strong winds (starting from the sixth floor), only dwarf varieties of capuchin can be planted: fragile stems of tall plants will simply break.
- Nasturtium needs light, but in direct sunlight it will burn, so it can be used to decorate any balcony, except for the south. The best direction is north.
And do not forget to regularly pick off fading flowers so that nasturtium will delight you all summer with luxurious and bright flowering.