Growing Sweet Pea Flowers
Sweet Peas are the beautiful annuals that bring fresh and beautiful bursts of colour to your garden but also carry a bouquet of fragrance. The more you pick the more they bloom, so you will never have problems filling your home with a beautiful colour and fragrance.
The pea part of their name rings true with Sweet Pea growing up to 2 meters high, they like to cling to any kind of support possible so support them with mesh, trellis or lined fence. Best of all they are Bee Friendly!
Sweet Peas are best planted in Autumn and direct into your garden. To soften the seed coating and get the best from them, make sure to soak your seeds for several hours before planting.
How to choose the best variety for you
Royal Mixed Sweet Pea
A beautiful mix of purple red, rose, white, pink, blue scarlet, cream and salmon. The royal series have larger flowers than most sweet pea varieties and are heat resistant for a longer blooming period.
Symphony Mixed Sweet Pea
Beautiful blend of bi-colour blooms. Combinations of red maroon, lavender, lilac violet and pink.
Mammoth Mixed Sweet Pea
Extra early, extra large blooms are the feature of this award winning sweat pea. The plants are early flower, heat tolerant and produce well into summer. Contains a wide selection of stunning colours.
Dwarf Gem Mixed Sweet Pea
Bush type sweet pea. Great for borders with a terrific colour range. Sweetly scented and blooms early.
How to sow your Sweet Pea Seeds
To get the best from your seeds, make sure to soak them for several hours to soften the coating of the seed. Choose a well drained site in full sun and sow direct into the soil. Make sure the site is a well prepared seedbed with support (trellis or fencing). Sow seeds 10cm apart and to a depth of 2cm
Care for your Sweet Peas
Keep seedbed evenly moist during the germination period of 7-14 days. Apply McGregor's FruitMax two weeks after germination for healthier plants and maximum Rowe ring. Protect your flower garden from snails and slugs with McGregor's Snail and Slug bait and from White Butterfly with McGregor's Derris Dust.
Hints and Tips
Always remove older flowers to encourage newer blooms - Sweet peas are prolific bloomers, the more you pick, the more you get! Make sure their bed is always kept moist, and their head is in full sun. At least 6 hours a day of sun will keep them going. Regular doses of fertiliser high in potassium (same fertiliser structure as what you use for tomatoes is best) will keep their soil rich.