A hardy annual which can be sown where it is to flower.
Exquisitely scented flowers on strong stems. A delightful cut flower as well as a vigorous climber. Multipurpose use in borders and colourful beds. Also suitable for balcony containers.
This favorite flower is famous for its quick blooms and sweet fragrance. The flowers are a delight both in the garden and brought inside for fabulously-fragrant bouquets.
Actually native to Italy, the famous garden Sweet Pea is usually considered a garden flower. It will add brilliant color to annual wildflower seed plantings.
This flower is also frequently planted strictly to cut – it’s wonderful fragrance and beautiful blooms are perfect for bringing inside to enjoy.
Sweet Pea’s quick and fragrant blooms catches eye in every garden.
Genus - Lathyrus
Species - Odoratus
Variety - Air Warden
Common name - Sweet Pea
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 1,80 m
Spread - 0,45 m
Plant type - Annual Flower
Exposure - Full Sun, light shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Loosy, deep, chalky soil with even supply of water
Water requirements - Average, Well Draining
Landscape uses - Borders, beds, balcony containers, cutting
Bloom season - May - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Red
1. Choose a site in full sun with rich, well-drained soil.
2. Soak sweet pea seeds in warm water for 2 to 6 hours before planting.
3. Plant seeds from January to March.
4. Once seeds have germinated, thin plants so that they stand 6 to 12 inches apart.
5. Provide support for your sweet peas to climb (unless they're the dwarf, bushy types that need no support) - they can grow up to 8 feet tall. Good support candidates include netting, trellises, arbors, fences and string supports.
6. Keep soil evenly moist. Mulching is a good idea.
7. Trim or pinch faded flowers to promote longer blooming.
8. Fertilize every two to four weeks, or work in a slow-release fertilizer at planting time. Sweet peas are heavy feeders.
9. Tear out and discard plants after heat arrives and they begin to look ratty.
Info source: eHow.com
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