We’ve been running a sweet pea series in DISCOVER to teach you all about these flowering beauties and how you should sow and grow them.
To end of our series, we thought it would be good to look back and highlight a few key points and tips:
There are so many reasons to convince you to grow Sweet Peas! They are easy, rewarding, beautiful and bonus, they smell delicious. We highlight a few benefits of sowing sweet peas, below:
Sweet peas have substantial root systems and will appreciate, deep growing space that is rich in humus and nitrogen. It is important to prepare your soil well before sowing your seeds. Read more in this article about soil preparation:
Except for the bush varieties, climbing sweet peas need substantial support, at least 2m. Ensure that you have a planting spot where you gan give your climbing sweet peas enough support. Read more in this article for creative ideas on supporting your sweet peas:
The seeds of sweet have a hard coat. In order to aid the germination process, you need to either nick this outer seed coat or soak your seeds overnight in water. Read all about seed preparation in this article we wrote:
MULCH + FEED
Sweet peas prefer cool and moist soil. By adding mulch you will be able to lock in some moisture and keep the soil cooled down a bit. If you added lots of compost and manure to your soil, it might not be needed to add additional fertilizer. If you do need to fertilise, use a fertiliser high in potash (K).
To encourage stronger growth, pinch off the tops of your seedlings when they are about 10 - 15cm high.
The more you pick, the more flowers you will have! This will encourage your plant to put more energy into producing more flowers instead of going into seed. Harvest the flowers when there are at least two unopened flowers at the end of the stem. Deadheading will also help encourage more flowers!
WATCH OUT FOR
Birds, squirrels, slugs, and snails can all have a go at new and young growth or even newly sowed seeds. Keep an eye out or consider adding netting until your seedlings are settled.