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PlantFiles: Nasturtium
Tropaeolum majus 'Copper Sunset'

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

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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9-12 in. (22-30 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:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wakingdream On Jun 12, 2012, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

Having grown many different Nasturtiums, Copper Sunset remains my favorite. The glowing tones in the flowers and its long bloom period make it a keeper. Seeds are not always easy to come by, though.

Recommendations include seeding directly where they are to be grown instead of transplanting, as well as avoiding overfertilization. Nasturtiums like lean soil and flower better there.

By the fall, Copper Sunset has draped down over the edges of my white PVC raised beds, making a memorable punch of orangey red.

Positive SW_gardener On Jul 7, 2009, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

Easy to grow, more compact then other types and fragrant.

edited to add: Flowers are deep vivid red and help upfacing above the foliage. Responded well to a feeding of fish emulsion and epsom salts by bursting into heavy bloom!


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

Los Altos, California
Cumberland, Maryland
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Allentown, Pennsylvania

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