An old variety which produces opulent ruby-crimson, single flowers against dark compact leaves.
Sow outdoors, April-June, where they are to flower, 1.5cm (½”) deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Sow two seeds together every 20cm (8″). Seedlings usually appear in 21-28 days. Remove the weaker plant, which can be transplanted elsewhere if desired. Water well until young plants are established. Or sow indoors for earlier flowers, February-May, 1.5cm (½”) deep, individually in small pots of compost. Keep moist. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out, May-June, 30cm (12″) apart, into well-drained soil, when frosts are over. Flowers: June to October.
Tip: Do not feed nasturtiums, as this will encourage leafy growth rather than flowers. They do well on poor, hungry soils and withstand fairly dry conditions.