Sweet peas are a simple must have for anyone.
Suttons are a well established reliable supplier who I would recommend to anyone.
Spencer mixed sweet peas are a wonderful all rounder, the flowers are of a good size, larger than the classic sweet peas but still scented, the scent is often lost with the really large flowered varieties.
The beauty of sweet peas is that the more you pick the more they flower. Do remember to pick them though once they have set seed they will stop flowering.
Get them right and you can be picking everyday and your house will smell amazing.
The seeds can be sown any time of year the plants are a hardy annual that means the cold doesn''t kill them but they only last a year once they die back they don''t come back however generally if you let the last few seeds set you can grow them again next year.
To sow place in pots of potting compost and cover with about a cm of soil. water lightly and place in a sunny position. Allow a couple of weeks to germinate, when around 3 inches tall pinch the tops, this encourages more bushy shoots meaning more flowers in the long run. Can be planted into position when a few inches tall allow something for them to climb as the plants grow.
Can be trained into all sorts of shapes but may need encouragement to take to the supports to start.
Protect from slugs when young and add a little plant food to the soil.
A few tips for best results:
Sow a few sowing a couple of weeks apart this gives for staggered flowering giving you a longer season.
Feed once a month to keep the plants healthy
Pick the flowers as they open leave the buds for the next picking.
When the plants are looking tired and slowing down start to allow the flowers to set seed and once fattened up these can be sown for next year.
Also cut the plants down and compost them the nitrogen in the plant adds to your compost and leave the roots in the ground this also improves the soil.
Hardy AnnualUnits: Average Packet Content 35 seedsCulture: Sow January-March under glass in gentle heat or in April-May outdoors for flowers June-September / Can also be sown in September-October in a coldframe or greenhouse to overwinter in frames to produce earliest blooms.Sowing Time: January-March, April-May or September-OctoberHeight: 151-200CMFlowering: June-SeptemberHints: Ideal climber / Scented / Attractive to butterflies / Ideal as cut flowers / Pick regularly to encourage more flowers /