Black Velvet Nasturtium Seeds

4.25 out of 5 stars
(12 reviews)
Availability: Out of Stock
Impressive 'Black Velvet' will have the other garden flowers whispering in amazement! These edible beauties add glamorous, ruby-black color to salads and cheese plates, as well as creating eye-catching displays in gardens.
$2.99 3 grams (~22 seeds)

Botanical Name: Tropaeolum minus

Family: Tropaeolaceae

Native: South America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive, tender perennial usually grown as an annual; perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer.

Plant Dimensions: 10"–12" tall

Variety Information: 2"–2½"ruby-black blooms.

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Bloom Period: Late spring to frost

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower, Rabbit Resistant

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in fall for winter bloom. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 55°–65°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Roots sensitive to transplant disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be directly planted in the ground.

Days to Emerge: 7–14 days

Seed Depth: ½"–1"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8" – 12"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 8" – 12"

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Black Velvet Nasturtium Seeds Reviews

12 reviews

Hardy plant

5 out of 5 stars Aug 23, 2019
This was the first time I've ever started flowers from seed. I soaked the seeds per instructions and started these indoors in medium biodegradable containers. All of them germinated and thrived. These were extremely hardy flowers. They each grew to take up about 1.5' to 2' of space with lots and lots of blooms. I have so many blooms that I frequently pluck and dry them to mix in with my chicken treats. They didn't attract a ton of pollinators like some of my other plants but I did see them flying around. The flowers are a tad shorter than the leaves so in the early stages of growth there is more green than red. They were fun to grow!
Anna from WV

Black Velvet Nasturtium Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Sep 1, 2019
Love the unusual color - rich, deep and dark.
Laura Duplisea from ME

Black Velvet Nasturtiums

2 out of 5 stars Dec 1, 2019
These took way too long to come to bloom. Finally bloomed in October!!
Catherine McQuain from MA
Owner Response: Hi Catherine, Thanks for sharing your experience. We have a tip that may be helpful for nasturtium blooms. Nasturtiums are quite sensitive to nitrogen and will produce big, lovely foliage and not flower if there is too much. For instance, potting soil can have a lot of nitrogen in it that takes a few months to leach out through watering. We hope this helps!

Foliage or Blooms - No Inbetween

2 out of 5 stars Jul 30, 2020
I've been growing nasturtiums for years. The color of the Black Velvet really caught my attention so it was game on. They took a little longer than two weeks to germinate. Good germination rate, maybe 85%. Huge amount of foliage and it took weeks for the first buds to appear. When the flowers came, they came on in a rush. A lot of them, all at one time. And when the flowers came, all the foliage died off, leaving a plant that looked hideous. It looked so bad in fact that I pulled the plants two weeks after they started blooming. Beautiful big burgundy color blooms - hideous plant overall. I don't recommend this variety.
beakyboy from WA
Owner Response: Hello, This is abnormal behavior for this plant. Nasturtiums are especially sensitive to rich growing conditions. Stress can also cause plants to flower profusely as they try to form seed to reproduce as a reaction. We are sorry you had a bad experience with this cultivar.


4 out of 5 stars Aug 6, 2020
Gorgeous dark red flowers and purple tinged vines. They didn't like the hot, dry, conditions in our yard. Would grow again in a cooler, wetter location.
Eve Manis from TN

Beautiful flower - all red, no black.

4 out of 5 stars Sep 15, 2020
I grew several of these throughout my yard and have really enjoyed them. I was however hoping to get black (or near to black) flowers, but all of them were a rich red color.
Sergio Guzman from MA
Owner Response: Hi Sergio, You are right, these are a deep ruby color. While a lot of flowers are described as black it is almost unheard of in nature. We hope the illustration and description gave a good depiction of what to expect. Happy gardening!

well packaged

4 out of 5 stars Nov 13, 2020
I won't be planting anything I ordered until next year, but the packaging is instructive, and your selection is good. I hope to have good results next season.
sue sheedy from MD

late summer/early fall blooms in zone 6

5 out of 5 stars Nov 14, 2020
this was my first time growing this particular species of nasturtium, and in zone 6, they seemed much happier as summer came to an end. it wasn't particularly hot this year, nor dry, but my plants got new growth and far more blooms later in the season, which is different from what i experienced in the past with other nasturtium species. the color of the blooms matched the illustration, and when pressed and dried, they were black. would recommend, especially for those planning fall gardens.
Lee from KY

easy to grow

5 out of 5 stars Jan 7, 2022
I bought them because they were edible. I didn't like the flavor so I didn't eat many.
Amy Swift from AZ

just great!

5 out of 5 stars Jan 24, 2022
I added this variety to last years nasturtium area in my garden and they really produced the most beautiful and prolific flowers. I am hoping to see them come back this summer too.
Ruth from NY


5 out of 5 stars Feb 6, 2022
Black Velvet Nasturtium
Bob from CO

Beautiful, velvet nasturtium

5 out of 5 stars Feb 17, 2022
These nasturtiums were absolutely stunning. Must grow again!
Katie from OR

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