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Nasturtium 'Empress Of India' Seeds | Tropaeolum Majus | By Mr Fothergills

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Nasturtium "Empress of India" Seeds

Our tropaeolum majus Nasturtium "Empress of India" seeds produce a dark foliage that gives a rich effect. This old variety produces opulent velvety crimson single flowers against striking dark green leaves. Both the flowers and leaves can be used in salads, and the unripened seeds can be used like capers and served with butter or cream cheese in canapés.

Hybrids vs Open Pollinated

As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.

Annual, Biennial and Perennial

Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.

Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender

Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.

We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.

    • Opulent Flowers
    • Rich Foliage
    • Edible
    • No. Seeds Per Pack:  25
    • Sow Indoors: February - June
    • Sow Outdoors: February - June
    • Location: Full Sun
    • Flowering Time:  June - October
    • Hardiness:  Hardy Annual

    Seeds Jargon

    • F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
    • Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
    • Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.
    About your plant

    Our perennials and alpines are lovingly grown by our trusted nursery, based in England. Once ready, each flourishing plant will be dispatched directly to your home.


    Sustainability is one of our priorities, and as such, our perennials and alpines are delivered in environmentally friendly packaging. Aside from being recyclable, they will additionally keep them nice and secure on their journey.
    How your order will arrive
    Please see our below guidance on your perennial or alpine's care:

    • Watering: During your perennial or alpine's first growing season, you should provide them with frequent waterings. Try to also avoid wetting the foliage to reduce the risk of disease.
    • Deadheading: To promote a long flowering period, you should deadhead any flowers that appear spent. Simply rescind each flower at their base, taking care to not cut other parts of the plant.
    • Dividing: To really flourish, your perennials can be divided every three to four years. They can be divided when they begin to show less flowers, or appear less healthy in the middle. Make sure to only do so when they aren't currently flowering.

      • Hardiness: these hardy annuals have good resistance to frost.
      • Planting In Pots: suitable for planting in pots.
      • Position: plant in full sun for best results.
      • Soil Types: plant in pre-watered finely prepared soil for optimal growth.
      • Germination Requirements: temperature should be 12-18°C.
      • Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow seeds 1.5cm (1/2in) deep in small pots of compost (or equivalent distance in seed tray); label noting planting date and variety/species.
      • Planting Distance (Ground): sow 2 seeds together 1.5cm (1/2in) deep every 20cm (8in).
      • Soil Preparation: remove any stones from the soil and dig in some fertilizer.
      • Thinning: wait until seedlings have two sets of leaves before thinning.
      • Pest Control: use a pesticide spray to protect from pests.
      • Watering Requirements: water regularly, particularly in dry weather.
      More Information
      Deciduous Or Evergreen Deciduous
      Flower Colour Purple
      Flowering Month May
      Is Collection/Mix? No
      Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
      Type Nasturtium
      Sow Indoors Month February, March, April, May
      Sow Outdoors Month April, May, June
      Type Seeds
      Latin Name Nasturtium