These lovely flowers are known for their beautiful colour and just a few flowers can fill a whole room with amazing scent.
Sweet Peas are incredibly easy to grow and here are a few tricks to help get you going.
Sweet Peas love to have deep roots so grab the deepest small pot you can find. You can buy root trainers HERE or even empty loo rolls will do!
There is no special magic, the seed capsules are hard but with warm moist compost they will break open.
- Fill the pot or loo roll with compost and firm
- If using a 9cm pot (a mug size) you can fit up to five seeds in a dice formation. If you are using Root Trainers or loo rolls use only one or two seeds.
- Using a pencil or your finger push down into the compost about an inch and drop the seed in and gently cover with compost.
- They need to be somewhere warm for them to germinate. A windowsill is fine but light is not important.
Once the shoots appear and have their first two leaves, the plants can be moved outside but they need to be protected from frost so a simple cold frame comes in very handy and worth the investment when hardening off any plants You can get one HERE. If not, pop them on a windowsill in a garage, shed or even an unheated spare room.
Pest Tip! Mice love early sweet pea shoots so make sure they don’t become a tasty snack.
If the plants get too warm they will grow too quickly and put on leggy growth and will not be strong flowerers.
After the first two leaves are fully open pinch out the growing tip. When you pinch out a tip you double the growing tips. You can repeat this on the new growth 2 or 3 times to multiply the tips. See our video on pinching out fuchsias as the principle is the same for all plants.
By the middle of April your plants should look nice and strong and you can plant them in the ground.
SWEET PEA TIPS
- Grow them next to climbing roses for extra interest
- Put bean netting against a sunny wall to help them climb.
- Plant in a pot with a wigwam of bamboo canes tied together at top to form a tripod to encourage them to climb
- Feed them regularly with miracle grow plant food. you can grab some here
Cut the flowers as often as you would like. This encourages more flowers to bloom.