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Sweet Pea, Sweet Dreams Mix

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Old-fashioned fragrance.

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An old-fashioned looking sweet pea, with room-filling fragrance. Beautiful collection of colors. The large flowers have ruffled, bicolor petals on 8-12" stems, which makes them wonderful for arrangements. Plants are heat tolerant. GARDEN HINTS: Sow near a fence or trellis, in a sunny area, as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Plants grow best in cool weather. Mulching is recommended to keep soil cool and conserve moisture. For earlier bloom, start seeds indoors, in a cool location, 6-8 weeks before last heavy frost. In the Deep South, Gulf and Pacific Coast areas, sow seeds from fall to early spring.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72-144 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48-72 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Borders, Cut Flowers, Trellis or Lattice

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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    Sweet Peas
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sweet pea seed has a hard seed coat. To aid germination, soak the seed in water before sowing.
  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun in early spring. In frost-free areas, sow from fall to early spring.
  • Sweet peas are climbers, and need some sort of support around which they can wrap their tendrils. They can climb a fence, trellis or even strings. Dwarf cultivars need no support.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil.
  • Firm soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-14 days depending on the soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin plants to stand 6 inches apart when plants are 1 to 2 inches high.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • Do not fertilize unless the plants are showing a nutrient deficiently. If you over fertilize, sweet peas may produce lush foliage at the expense of flowers.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Sweet pea vines need little care and are easy to grow.
  • In the cool weather of spring, sweet peas add a wonderful old-fashioned feel to flower beds, trellises, and containers.
  • Fragrant flowers are excellent for cutting.
  • Sweet peas perform best in cool weather. They can tolerate a light frost.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
72-144 inches
Spread
48-72 inches
Ornamental Use
Borders, Cut Flowers, Trellis or Lattice
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Sweet Pea, Sweet Dreams Mix is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous flowers! Hands down my favorite flower in my large garden! I planted directly in the soil along the corner and sides of my raised bed. Germination was quick and impressive, after the seedlings were 2 weeks old I covered with 3 inches of mulch. I stuck a few bean poles along the edges of the bed with cheap, fabric trellising. They all fly right up to the top (6ft) with only minimal coaching. They make the whole garden smell great! Will definitely replant next year!!
Date published: 2013-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little seed. I live in the 5a-6b region, and I got my Sweetpea seedsalmart where I work. I didn't have a clue as to what I was supposed to do with these seeds just loved the name, so I purchased them. I planted them as directed on the package with my Miraclegrow potting soil and some Humus. I didn't think they would grow, but to my surprise they are coming up! I'm as pleased as punch and am so excited! I'm keeping the soil moist as directed and hope they can soon be transplanted into my now garden that I have put in my backyard. I also purchased the Nasturiums seeds and planted them just like I did the Sweetpea seeds and they are also coming up! Couldn't be happier with my Burpee Seeds. I will definately purchase some of the plants they all look so healthy and well cared for. Kudos, Burpee!!
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never Germinated I planted these right in the garden and they never sprouted. Maybe I had a bad batch? I had obelisks for them to grow up, and am trying climbing nasturtiums in their place. Hopefully they will take!
Date published: 2009-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy togrow The way to get these seeds going is to put them on top of a very wet paper towel overnight in a plastic tray. You should keep the tray moist by checking on it once a day for 2 days. When the seeds crack, then you should take them out to the garden for planting. Finally, once you cover the seeds with a light soil, water them, and then lay a plastic "flat"-those you take home with you when you buy a lot of plants-and keep the flat over the seeds until the plants get a few inches high. Otherwise the birds and critters will scoop them up without your knowing about it and you'll think the seeds did not grow. I do this with sunflowers and snap peas as well. I LOVE planting these sweet peas and they do return every year if you let them die out and throw the seed pods back into the soil.
Date published: 2007-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't Have Luck.... I planted these as seeds, with my young daughter (her flowers...) and was really not impressed. I followed instructions on soil temps etc. Germination was mediocre and the plants were not all that impressive. The perfume from the flowers was very nice, however, but I doubt I'd try these again. Perhaps I got a bad batch of seed... Chicago Native
Date published: 2007-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Sweet Peas These are the best Sweet Peas I have grown. Beautiful scent, Long stems with multiple flowers on each stem. The flowers are large for sweet peas. They are wonderful for cutting and withstand heat better than others. I would grow no others.
Date published: 2007-03-25
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