Sweet peas add a soft touch and a sweet fragrance to spring bouquets, and are great climbers for trellises and fences. Start indoors in pots, 6 weeks before outdoor planting time. Sow both early spring and late summer, or in fall in frost-free areas.
Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring. In frost free areas, Sow from fall to early spring. Sow seeds about 3" apart and cover with 2" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days. Thin to stand about 6" apart when seedlings are 1-2" high. Climbers need some sort of support around which they can wrap their tendrils. In a greenhouse, they climb nicely on strings or wire strung from floor to ceiling. Outside, they can climb a fence, trellis, or tall tripod. Dwarf cultivars need no support.
In the cool weather of spring, sweet peas add a wonderful old-fashioned feel to flower beds, trellises, and containers. Grow some in a cutting garden for indoor enjoyemnt. Sweet peas make excellent cool greenhouse plants for winter cut flowers.
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