The Beautiful and Fragrant Sweet Pea
How To Grow Sweet Peas
The Sweet Pea is an easy flower to grow from seed and are a delight in any garden for their fabulous colours and beautiful fragrance.
You can plant your seeds now, I would recommend 4 or 5 seeds to a 6 inch pot of compost, they will germinate in just a few days in a greenhouse.
When the plants are 4-5 inches tall you can plant them out. The soil should be rich and well drained, adding a little organic matter will help produce flowers for a longer season.
Alternatively you can buy young plants from a garden centre from about March onwards.
Growing Position for Sweet Peas
Sweet Peas thrive in a sunny position but will also grow in shady areas as long as they get plenty of light. They can easily grow to 6 feet in height if you don’t pinch out the growing tips.
Sweet Peas as a Garden Screen
Sweet Peas are an ideal flower to grow to form a screen in your garden or to divide your garden into different sections.
They grow well against a fence or trellis, or if you are short on space in the garden you can train them to grow up a wigwam of canes.
For a wigwam use about 6-8 canes 6-8 foot long. Space them out and push into the ground, tie the top of the canes securely together with string.
Plant your sweet peas around the wigwam, don’t be tempted to plant too many, the plants looks small now but they soon start spreading.
Guide and secure your plants as they grow with garden twine.
Looking After Your Sweet Peas
Sweet peas need little attention, keep them well watered and remember to train them up the supports. Pinch out the top of the plants if you don’t want them to grow too high and most importantly keep cutting the flowers. The more you pick the more they grow! Dead head the flowers as they start to wilt and always remove the seed pods as they form.
They will reward you with an abundance of colour and beautiful fragrance throughout the summer months.
The sweet peas growing up the trellis in the photo were from just one packet of seeds. I probably planted far too many seeds and let them grow too high! We had vases of flowers in virtually every room of the house and our family, friends and neighbours all benefited!
There is a wonderful choice of seeds to buy, sweet peas can be subtle pastel shades, strong vibrant colours and even two tone varieties. You can buy a mixed packet of seeds or just one colour and all of them come with the fabulous sweet pea fragrance you can enjoy indoors and out.
Don’t forget to keep some seed pods, dry the seeds and plant next year!
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