Flame Creeper

An original species of hardy climbing Tropaeolum - with a profusion of red flowers.
Common name : Flame Creeper
Scientific name : Tropaeolum speciosum
Family : Tropaeolaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 15 - 300
pH 6 - 7

Identify my flame creeper

The Tropaeolum genus groups together more than eighty-five species of herbaceous plants native to South America, from the south of Mexico to Patagonia. They're colloqually called "nasturtiums" and are known for attracting aphids!

Sow my flame creeper

Starting at the end of April for mild climates — mid-May for more northern regions — choose a sunny space for your plants. Without sun, they won't flower well. Ordinary garden soil is ideal for the majority of varieties — overly-rich soil will harm flowering! Additionally, avoid heavy or compact soils, which will hold in moisture, to the detriment of your nasturtiums. You may sow dwarf varieties in planters, but climbing varieties prefer open soil or large planter boxes — their growth is stunning! In open soil, sow 3 or 4 seeds in each seed hole, leaving a distance of 50 cm between climbing species, and 30 cm between dwarf varieties. Nasturtium seeds are very hard! Soak them in a glass of water for a full night before sowing.

Thin out my flame creeper

If you have planted seedlings, watch for there emergence, which should take one to two weeks, and keep only the strongest shoot.

Dibble my flame creeper

Install plants sown under shelter starting in May, without dividing, leaving 50 cm of space between climbing nasturtiums and 30 cm between dwarf plants.

Prune my flame creeper

During bloom.

Water my flame creeper

Nasturtiums like to have dry roots, except for the first few weeks after planting, and in times of severe drought. Water the seedlings and the young plants with a fine mist to avoid uprooting them accidentally, and take care not to drown them. Once in open earth, nasturtiums will get by just fine on their own. Only water in case of a long, dry period. Once your potted nasturtiums are well developed, they'll make the most out of a light watering every 10 days, either in the morning or at night.

Take care of my flame creeper

Don't wear yourself out — no mulching, and no fertilizer! Nasturtiums flower best in mostly dry, barren soil, in the sun. Overly rich soil will cause them to produce leaves instead of flowers, and even a light layer of mulch will keep in too much moisture for their tastes.

Propagate my flame creeper

In regions with mild climates — where it doesn't freeze! — your nasturtiums will reseed themselves on their own. Otherwise, let the flowers dry until they're ready to fall, then collect the seeds and allow them to dry for a few days more in the sun.

Check on my flame creeper

The black aphids are the main enemy of the nasturtium - it is even used in the kitchen garden, to attract these critters, and save the vegetables grown! To get rid of it, shower the foliage with a solution of rainwater - less limestone than the tap - with black soap and a spoonful of baking soda per liter.

Remove my flame creeper

Your nasturtiums will all fade before the frosts. After flowering, tear them out, to welcome new plants in the fall, gently pulling the plants that must come gently, including roots - or use a spade if they resist!

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