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Sweet Peas

Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus) - Hardy Annual

Sweet peas have been cultivated since the 17th century and a vast number of cultivars are available. They are grown for their wide range of flower colour (usually in pastel shades of blue, pink, purple and white, including bi-colours), and for their intense, unique fragrance.

Sweet peas in the cutting garden

When to sow: Under cover in Autumn or late Winter / Early Spring, Outdoors in mid-Spring

When to plant out: Mid-late Spring

Flowering time: Late Spring (if Autumn sown) - Autumn

Pinch out?: Yes, when plants have 4 sets of true leaves

Conditions: Full Sun, Rich soil

Feeding? Yes, add compost or manure to planting holes. Can apply a liquid feed once they are flowering

Height: 1.75m / 6 ft

Support? Yes, grow up a wigwam of canes or up netting

When to pick: When first flower is about to open

Recommended varieties: Heritage varieties have the best scent but smaller flowers, Grandiflora varieties have longer stems and larger flowers and still have a good scent, Spencer varieties have less of a scent but big, ruffled flowers.

Flower meaning: Delicate pleasure and bliss.

Vase life:  3-5 days

Conditioning: Not needed

Good for: Have a wonderful scent and plants are very prolific flowerers if you keep picking them every few days and do not allow seed pods to form

 

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