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Sweet Pea Plants (Lathyrus odoratus)

Sweet Pea Plants (Lathyrus odoratus)

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Sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are delightful flowering climbers that add a touch of nostalgia and fragrance to gardens. Here’s how you can grow and care for these charming blooms:

  1. Planting Sweet Peas:

    • Sowing: You can sow sweet pea seeds either in autumn or spring. If sowing in autumn, ensure you have space to grow them indoors in a frost-free place until spring. Germination is relatively easy, but you can help by nicking the seed coat with a knife (avoiding the ‘eye’ area).
    • Compost: Use a good-quality, peat-free compost for sowing.
    • Position: Plant sweet peas in an open, sunny location with well-drained, moisture-retentive soil.
    • Pots: They also thrive in pots; just make sure to use peat-free compost mixed with slow-release fertilizer.
  2. Growing Sweet Peas:

    • Bushy Growth: When the plants reach about 10cm tall, pinch out the tips to encourage bushy growth.
    • Support: Most varieties have tendrils that will ‘self-cling’ to supports, but some may need tying in.
    • Feeding: Start feeding sweet peas with a high potash fertilizer (like tomato food) when flower buds appear.
    • Regular Picking: Regularly picking the blooms encourages more flowers to form. Even a small amount can fill a room with fragrance!
  3. Where to Grow Sweet Peas:

    • In the Ground: Plant sweet peas directly in the ground.
    • Frame or Trellis: Train them up a frame or trellis for a beautiful display.
    • Near Seating Areas: Plant them near seating areas so you can enjoy their delightful scent while relaxing in the garden.

Remember, sweet peas are perfect for picking, and their fragrant blossoms can brighten up any space. Happy gardening! 🌸🌿

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