Single Packet of 110 Seeds
Grow the fascinating Canary Creeper Nasturtium, from freshly harvested Tropaeolum peregrinum climber seeds. Canary Creeper is a trailing variety of Nasturtium that establishes long vines, measuring anywhere between 8 and 12 feet in length. They are best grown near a fence or trellis for support. They can also be used to populate railings & pillars on balconies and porches as well. Their bright & cheery yellow petals resemble that of a canary birds wings, hence it's common name, the Canary Creeper. Though it is a Nasturtium flowering plant, you might notice that the leaves are not similar in shape to other varieties of Tropaeolum. Despite this visual difference they are still just as attractive and tasty.
Categorized as a perennial flowering vine, Canary Creeper Nasturtiums will grow quickly from seeds, and will establish a deep root system in the first year of growth. The plants then wilt on the surface, due to the low temperatures of winter, reestablishing it's foliage the following Spring. The blooms may not become visible until the second year of growth. Seeds can drop to the bare ground beneath, promoting new plant life the following spring. The seeds can also be collected from the dried flower heads at the end of the season, to sow in other areas of the garden. The beautiful, bright yellow flowers will attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden. These insects include butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees & hummingbirds. Many gardeners sow these seeds to establish a butterfly garden, since they can be grown with other wildflowers. However, be aware that their vigorous growth can sometimes take over smaller plants nearby.
Like other flowering Nasturtium, the flowers, seeds, leaves and even the stems, of your Canary Creeper plants are edible. Use early seeds as a substitute for capers, or add the leaves and flowers to salads. These delicious plants are enjoyed through the summer months, with their peppery flavors. Nasturtium flowers are also used in butters, soups and gumbo's as well.
- Type: Flower / Vine
- Color: Yellow
- Height: 8" to 12" Long
- Width: 8' to 12' Spread
- Season: Perennial
- Zones: 7 to 10
- Environment: Full Sun
Sowing The Seed
Nasturtium seeds have a tough outer shell, which can be scarified to improve germination. Nick the seeds with a knife, or sandpaper and soak them in warm water overnight. Once this has been done, you can sow the seeds either indoors, or directly outdoors. If started indoors, sow the seeds in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last forst. Peat pots will help prevent root shock when transplanted. Sow the seeds at a depth of 1/2” under topsoil. Transplant entire pots, or direct sow outdoors when the weather has warmed and all danger of frost has passed.
Nasturtium will thrive in areas of full sunlight, with temperatures of at least 65F or higher. They require poor soils, which will promote more blooms. The sowing medium should be well drained as well. To increase your drainage, we recommend that you add a light compost to any areas containing hard, compact soil. Water the seeds daily until germination has successfully occurred.
Germination & Growth
Nasturtium seeds typically take anywhere between 7 and 10 days to germinate. The plants will grow to a mature length of 8 to 12 feet long and can be spaced about 18 to 24 inches apart from one another. The 2 to 3 inch, bright yellow blooms will attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as bumblebees, honeybees, butterflies & hummingbirds as well. The leaves, seeds, stems & flowers are all edible from Nasturtium plants.