Nasturtium is a perfect plant for beginners. Moreover, the plant is edible. Here are some reasons why you should grow nasturtiums in your garden.
Why you should have Nasturtiums in your garden?
Nasturtium is an amazing plant with edible leaves and flowers. They can be eaten raw or cooked. They have a mild peppery sweet taste. But it should not be consumed during pregnancy.
2. Easy To Grow
Nasturtium is very easy to grow. It is a perfect choice for a beginner in gardening. They do not need any special care or maintenance. The seeds germinate very easily and the plant is a fast grower.
3. Source of Nutrients
The leaves of the Nasturtium plant are a storehouse of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and iron. Flowers contain a good quantity of vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, manganese, iron, phosphorus, and calcium and they're also high in nutrients like manganese, potassium, and phosphorous.
4. Attract pollinators
Nasturtium attracts butterflies and hummingbirds with its colorful and fragrant blooms. Thus it helps in the pollination of other plants present in your garden. Make sure not to use chemicals in your garden as it is harmful to pollinators.
5. Fragrant flowers
These plants not only look stunning but they spread a delightful smell too. They're also good for use as cut flowers and making perfume.
6. Controls Invasive Weeds
Just plant them in the ground where weed growth is more. They spread very fast thus keeping weeds in check. Also, it is very easy to control the spreading of nasturtium.
7. Thrives in poor soil
They can also survive in poor soil conditions. In addition, they require little care once they are planted. It is a plant for a lazy gardener.
8. Can be grown anywhere
Nasturtium is an easy-to-grow annual herbaceous perennial grown for its attractive flowers. It can be used for making flowerbeds and is a good groundcover plant. They look great in hanging baskets, and indoor as well as outdoor gardens.
9. Insect Repellent
Add one cup of nasturtium leaves, flowers, and buds into boiling water and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Strain and the natural insect repellant is ready to use.
10. Good for Haircare
Nasturtium leaves paste is one of the best natural remedies for cleaning scalps. It helps keep your hair healthy and shiny by improving blood circulation and stimulating capillaries.
It's important to grow plants that have antiseptic properties in our gardens. Nasturtiums' antibacterial and antimicrobial properties make them a good choice for cleaning and healing wounds.
It contains powerful anti-bacterial properties that help in fighting off harmful microbes. You can make a paste of fresh nasturtia leaves and use it as a facemask.
13. Helps in the production of blood cells
Nasturtia leaves contain substances that help form new blood cells, which makes a good blood purifier.
Eating fresh leaves of nasturtium regularly will help cure sore throats.
15. Fights against Obesity
T. majus ethanol extract in nasturtia flowers helps treat obesity. Recent research has shown that nasturtia flowers may help prevent obesity.
16. Cough Suppressant
Nasturtium plants are an excellent cure for cough. They contain powerful expectorant properties that help break congestion in the respiratory system. You can make a tasty cup of nasturtium leaf tea by steeping leaves in hot water.
17. Attract Pests
Nasturtium attracts harmful insects by luring them into its leaves. Planting nasturtium near tomatoes, peppers, beans, strawberries, cabbages, lettuces, and other crops, keeps these plants pest free.
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Dr. Vandana K.