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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.


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

    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
    First Date: May-09 - Last Date: May-16
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    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-16

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.
Full Sun
72-144 inches
48-72 inches
Ornamental Use
Borders, Cut Flowers, Trellis or Lattice
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Sweet Pea, Sweet Dreams Mix is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fragrant medium-size flowers, very few colors I love sweet peas (growing up in the U.K.) and this was my first attempt to grow them, with mixed results. I know that I should have started them earlier so they've struggled with our very hot summer. The fragrance is lovely, but I didn't get the "rich range of colors" promised on the packet, just pinky purple, and the blossoms are only medium size. I wouldn't try this variety again.
Date published: 2019-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from $40 spent for around 8, 3 inch plants, so sad. I bought one set of seeds and followed the instructions. Then we had another cold spell so I ordered another set of seeds just in case and planted again. After spending $40, I have around 8 plants 3 inches tall.
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to grow For my first time ever growing anything, it was easy and the results were beautiful. They smell good and beautiful to look at.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from sweet pea They took a long tome to grow an flower. The flowers were not inpressive to me and they wrapped around everything near by
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from none I have not had any luck of any coming up but planted late still have some seed and will plant early next spring see if they come up
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet peas The package was delivered quickly. The plants came up very fast and were transplanted outside. However, nothing against the plants but the rats ate all of them.
Date published: 2017-07-15
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
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