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PlantFiles: Nasturtium
Tropaeolum majus 'Caribbean Cocktail'

Family: Tropaeolaceae
Genus: Tropaeolum (tro-PEE-oh-lum) (Info)
Species: majus (MAY-jus) (Info)
Cultivar: Caribbean Cocktail

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive zone5girl On Jul 25, 2007, zone5girl from Painesville, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this! I wanted colors that were reminiscent of a sunset, and this delivers!

Negative girlndocs On Jun 30, 2006, girlndocs from Tacoma, WA wrote:

Bitterly disappointed with this mix. The standard blurb for it is: "A soft patchwork blend of hand picked shades. All pastels and bicolors, the pinks the strawberies and cream types and the rssberry shades in equal quantities and the result was an absolutely astonishing soothing carpet of color" and the picture shows cool shades of creams and pinks.

What I have now, out of 10 plants blooming, is 8 different shades of yellow with various orange, red or maroon streaks; one peachy-melon-pink shade (that one is a stunner, I admit) and one red. Not pink, cerise or magenta, red.

Don't waste your money on this expensive "hand-picked" blend.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Painesville, Ohio
Tacoma, Washington

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