Phoenix Organic Nasturtium Seeds

(P) Pkt of 20 seeds
Item #51477-PK-P1
$4.95
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The famous "flame nasturtium" is here

Phoenix has burst onto the garden scene at last! Long awaited and more than a decade in the making, this British introduction is nothing short of a sensation. Instead of their usual rounded shape, the petals of every bloom on this flowering annual are "cut" into 3 to 4 points, like flames or fishtails.

Scalloped between the points, these petals are stunning, standing out brilliantly among ivy-leaf shaped leaves of bright green. The blooms arise in both bright and pastel shades, giving you the classic golds, oranges, and reds of nasturtiums as well as the less common creams, peaches, and salmons. Many petals are brushed with mahogany near the base. And they are unbelievably profuse, beginning in early summer and continuing nonstop until frost in most areas. Phoenix is not only a new look for the family, it's one of the easiest and most productive, too.

And as if all this weren't enough, Phoenix also boasts a versatile habit. Some nasturtiums are vining, others bushy, but Phoenix is both! You can let its stems trail from hanging baskets and flowerpots, or you can grow it "upright" in beds and containers, where it will mound instead of spreading. The choice is yours! Generally about 12 inches high and 14 inches wide, it will adjust a bit to fit the habit you choose for it—lower and more trailing in baskets, higher and more compact in beds.

Nasturtium is grown both for its beauty and for its uses as an herb. The flowers and leaves are edible, making beautiful additions to salads and handsome garnishes on the plate. Nasturtium has a peppery bite not unlike watercress (one of its common names is Indian Cress), and is best used in savory dishes.

Like all nasturtiums, Phoenix is a splendid companion to vegetables in the garden. Not only does it attract beneficial bees to the garden, it helps ward off pests that want to nibble your veggie plants. It protects the Brassica family (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, mustard and collard greens, etc.) especially well from a range of predators, including aphids and squash beetles. It is also useful as a barrier planting around your tomatoes and cucumbers, and some gardeners find it a helpful pest deterrent when ringed around young fruit trees. Just another excuse to grow more beautiful Phoenix plants!

Nasturtium is easy to grow from seed. Nick or soak the seeds before sowing. Then direct-sow into the garden or the final container in which they will grow, or start them indoors 5 to 6 weeks before the last anticipated spring frost in your area. Expect germination to take a week or so. The plants need full sun for best flowering; they will grow in part shade, but the blooms will not be as numerous or large. Poor soil often works better than rich for promoting bloom strength.

Pkt of 20 seeds

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Genus Tropaeolum
Species minus
Variety Phoenix
Item Form (P) Pkt of 20 seeds
Bloom Start to End Early Summer - Late Fall
Habit Compact
Seeds Per Pack 20
Plant Height 12 in
Plant Width 14 in
Bloom Size 2 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cool Season, Direct Sow, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Pest Fighter
Bloom Color Mix, Multi-Color
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Baskets, Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Vines and Climbers

Product Review Summary

Based on 3 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

January 18, 2017

Very beautiful, magically different.

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Our seeds grew equally well for us both inside under lights or directly early sown in hanging baskets, after last frost predictions. Grew FAST like most modern Nasturtium we've tried. But when it bloomed we really appreciated the jewel like artistic flower shape. The sharp pinwheel petal edges rivet your eyes to the firery colored flowers. Our visitors didn't know what it was. It got their imagination going and they stared at it and some asked about it. Anything but old fashioned looking! Ancient? So I agree, of mythical cognition, like the fabled bird namesake. Makes me want to put it next to a dragon sculpture to really mess with folks a bit. Do they make a garden dragon with incense mouth chamber so it smokes? With that, when they ask next time, I'd say I don't know it just appeared one day in my garden. Guess that's it. This bright stunning flower adds a magical fiery dimension to my garden. I like it boldly at eye level, where eyes have to deal with it. Ours looked great with trailing lobelia. They're edible, but I forgot to try it to crest summer salads. Or as a garnish next to Dragonfruit slices That'll l be fun.

GaryPNW from WA
June 03, 2015

Would buy again.

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

16 out of 20 seeds germinated. Lots of blooms! Not all of them are like the pictures however. Some look like normal jewel mix nasturtium, but the phoenix flowers are so delicate and pretty. I am attempting to cross the phoenix with the others to get seeds. So far I have 3 seeds maturing. It seems that the phoenix flowers do not produce seed, or I've just been unlucky. But placing pollen from the phoenix onto the other flowers has produced seed. They bloom over and over too. I'm enjoying them.

Desirai from AL
May 11, 2015

100% germination

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

Very fast germination, 100%!!!! It is blooming now. So far only 2 of the blooms look like the pictures; but all the blooms are exceptionally larger than our jewels mix nasturtium.

Desirai from AL

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