Back in June I picked up some Nashturtium seeds with the idea of making a hanging basket . I had two kinds both from Burpee Seeds. One was a dwarf bush type supposed to produce assorted color flowers called Jewel mix. The other was a vining type supposed to grow 6 to 7 feet with cream color flowers called Milkmaid.
The idea was to plant several of each type in the hanging basket. The dwarf one producing color in the top of the basket while the vining type would cascade down the sides.
After they all sprouted and seemed to be well this is the results now. It's not what I envisioned and I am beginning to get the idea that Nashturtiums might not like the hot, humid summer weather they were exposed to .
This was my first experience with the Nash's but I have plenty more seeds to restart the hanging basket. Any advice ?
And speaking of seed stuff here is the result of the Sunflowers that I planted at the start of summer to shade some Squash plants.
These Sunflowers are all Ferry-Morse seeds called Mammoth. They were planted at the same time directly in the ground. The big one is up over eight feet tall .
This guy lives up to the Mammoth name and should provide lots of Sunflower seeds to be added to the bird feeder. I am not sure why some of the plants were so much smaller than this huge one in that they all came from the same seed pack. Oh well , just another South Florida Plant mystery.
And even more seed stuff. I ordered some Thai Red Papaya seeds to start in my new fenced garden bed. Along with the Papaya seeds ordered from Baker creek heirloom seed company they sent along a free pack of Watermelon seed as a gift.
I planted some of both at the same time about a month ago.
After returning yesterday from a two week out of town assignment here are the results I found from the seeds.
The Papaya seeds never sprouted. However the free Watermelon seeds are growing like wild. This large vine is two Watermelon plants.
The free Watermelon seeds are Black Diamond Yellow Belly Strain.
They have lots of flowers on them and when I was pulling the vines out of the fence found a baby melon starting.
So it would seem that the old adage is true, The best things in life are free!
As for the Nashturtiums and the Papaya plants it is back to the drawing board.
How are your Nashturtiums faring in the Florida summer heat?