Botanical Name: Tropaeolum azureum
Common Name: Perennial Blue Nasturtium
Category: Half Hardy Climber
Seed Count: 5
Tropaeolum azureum – Native of Chili, this lovely climber has bright azure blue flowers with a white center up to 4cm in diameter. These are produced in early to late spring from the axils of the delicate, attractively lobed leaves. Climber dies down to deep resting tubers that require cool shade. Will bloom in second year from seed. Worth the wait. Enjoys humus rich well drained soil in protected position with a shrub or trellis to climb on. 1.5m.
Tropaeolum seed can be sown at any time. Sow seed into good quality compost or seed raising mix. Cover with river sand or compost to seeds own depth. Moist seed tray can be placed in fridge at 4 degrees C in a plastic bag for 4 – 6 weeks then kept at on gentle heat of 15-20 degrees C. Germination may take 8 to 10 weeks. Transplant seedlings into deep 3 inch pots (Olive Pots) to grow on before finally planting with climbing support in a well drained sheltered spot or very large pot.