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Tropaeolum Tricolor is a species of perennial plant belonging to the Tropaeolaceae family.

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Tropaeolum Tricolor is a species of perennial plant belonging to the Tropaeolaceae family.

Overview of Tropaeolum Tricolor

• Tropaeolum Tricolor is the three-colored Indian cress.
• This plant is endemic to Chile.
• It is called “soldadito rojo” or “relicario”.
• It is a climbing plant.
• It can scramble over other vegetation.
• Three-colored Indian cress has thin and straggly stems.
• It grows from a reddish colored root tuber.
• It extends up to 2 or 3 meters (6 ft 7 in or 9 ft 10 in).
• The leaves are peltate with five or six deeply cut lobes.
• The numerous flowers are borne singly.
• They are narrowly funnel-shaped.
• It is about 3 centimeters (1.2 in) long.
• The five sepals are red, orange or yellow tipped with a purple band.
• The USDA Hardiness Zone is 8.

Scientific classification of Tropaeolum Tricolor

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Rosids
• Order : Brassicales
• Family : Tropaeolaceae
• Genus : Tropaeolum
• Species : T. tricolor

Growing/Caring conditions for Tropaeolum Tricolor

• Select a sunny spot.
• Tropaeolum thrive in spots where at least six hours of the day of sunshine is available.
• Tropaeolum will not produce well with less sunshine.
• Sow the Tropaeolum seeds directly into the ground.
• Tropaeolum don’t grow well as transplants.
• They often die from transplant shock.
• It’s best to sow them directly into the ground.
• Sow them once the chance of frost has passed.
• Keep the Tropaeolum well watered.
• Tropaeolum were originally grown in subtropical regions.
• Water the Tropaeolum frequently, especially in hotter months.
• Don’t let them dry out too much.
• Deadhead the flowers often for more blooms.
• Picking the blooms frequently helps the nasturtium plant produce more blooms throughout its life span.
• Choose flowers and leaves that have no visible signs of infestation.
• They can be used to add to salads and other dishes.
• Aphids are a big problem with Tropaeolum.
• Add a trellis to help support the vining habit of Tropaeolum.
• Keep Tropaeolum away from plants that might be affected by aphids.
• Tropaeolum prefer sandy soil.
• They will grow in any well-drained area.
• Sow the seeds about 1/2 inch deep in moist soil.
• They should be spaced about 2 to 3 inches apart.
• They can grow in full sun or partial shade.
• The seeds will grow 4 months after planting.

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