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Potting My Nasturtium Seeds for the GROW Project

Spitfire Nasturtiums from Renee's Garden

Can you believe it’s been a month since I started growing my Spitfire Nasturtium seeds for the Seed GROW Project?  You may remember last month I was having a hard time getting my seeds to germinate. I got a couple tips from reading the posts of other participating bloggers and had a little more success.

I was able to get TWO seedlings to grow by scoring the seeds with a knife and soaking over night. I started these on April 4. Only getting two is still a little disappointing.

As I mentioned before, I’m planting these two out by the chicken coop in one of the rooster pots.

My chicken coop/rooster pots

I’m excited to have these TWO beauties grow up my chicken coop. They’ll not only provide stunning color but they’ll also give the chickens some shade.

The chicken coop (see the pot in the background)

Nasturtium, Climbing “Spitfire”: Brilliant, scarlet-orange blossoms shine out among trailing green foliage, attracting hovering hummingbirds. Train up short trellises or tripods for a cascade of bright blossoms.

In case I haven’t mentioned it, my garden is zone 8a/7b. My soil is a sandy loam and I get quite a bit of rain. I’ve planted these first two seedlings in full sun.

If I can get any more of the seeds to germinate I’ll find some other spots in the garden to tuck them in. I did start some more seeds indoors on April 23 but haven’t yet had any pop up. I’ve got my finger’s crossed.

Seed starting container

In case you’re wondering how I started my seeds to get such horrible results, here’s what I do:

1. Clip & soak seeds overnight

2. Plant in sterile seed starting mix

3. Place in plastic covered lettuce container for moisture

4. Kept moist and next to the window for warmth & light

It’s funny that I’m having a harder time growing these than tomato and pepper seeds.  Those seedlings are HUGE.  At least I have TWO Nasturtiums. I’m not a total failure.

You can follow my progress using my Seed GROW Project tag for this site.

You can read all the participating blog posts here on the Seed GROW Project site. Like all the other participants, I’ll be posting my progress every first Sunday of the month.

“I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee’s Garden for the seeds.”

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. I only got two, too. I’ve winter-sown plenty o’ nasturtium and never had to nick them before… but I don’t think they had long enough a period in my moist soil mix. Love the chicken coop.


    May 2, 2010
  2. carmen #

    i’ve grown them last year with no difficlty, and i’m in a zone 3a-3b but, this year i’m like you, the seeds are giving me a hard time,


    May 2, 2010
  3. I just want to say that I love the roaster pot. As a apartment dwelling container gardner I’m find a new appreciation for such things


    May 2, 2010
  4. So glad you were able to get them to germinate Angela! The pot with the rooster on it is very cute.


    May 2, 2010
  5. Your seedlings look great! I didn’t do anything special to mine and they all germinated on days 10 & 11 in the basement. They don’t look so hot now though – much leggier and spindlier than yours.


    May 3, 2010
  6. Kate #

    Well, two is better than none and those two look happy. Good luck with the rest. I soaked mine overnight, no nicking, but I only planted them out last week. So, no sprouts yet.


    May 3, 2010

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