♥ This is a topic I’ve written about several times and the buzz out there is… “When should I plant my Sweet Pea seeds ?” So here it is again!
In Southern California the best time to plant Sweet Peas is February through April, but March is my favorite month to dig these seeds into the ground. I’ve had great luck with planting these fragrant beauties in raised planters, along fences and in small containers for the patio. If you are looking for an easy to grow flower then the Sweet Pea is the one you should try! In the past 15 years that I have grown Sweet Peas I’ve noticed that the seeds that are purchased from quality seed companies grow and bloom at a more abundant rate. Also, if heirloom flowers are purchased you can save the seeds from the end of the season and use them the following year. These seeds make great gifts in Birthday and Thank You cards
♥ Some helpful hints for planting sweet peas ♥
♥ Soak the seeds over night to soften the hard seed coat prior to planting.
♥ Plant seeds 3″- 6″ apart and 1″ deep in a sunny location.
♥ Sweat Peas need a trellis, string or twine to grow and climb (unless you purchase the bush type).
♥ They make a great cut flower. Cut frequently for a heavier production.
♥ Use a thin top layer of mulch to retain moisture.
♥ Plant Sweet Peas in cool weather.
♥ Heirloom or Open Pollinated/ Self -pollinated sweet peas will grow from saved seeds. Allow the plants to dry out while still planted in the ground and then collect the seeds from the pods. Store in containers in a cool and dry place.
♥ There are many colors and patterns to choose from. If your local garden store is limited in selection then try these online sites: Renee’s Seeds.com /Territorial Seed Co.com / Enchanting Sweet Peas.com
Soaking Sweet Peas over night in a dish of water help them sprout more quickly.
♥ Save glass food jars for creating an inexpensive vas. Arranging these flowers is pure magic for the ‘challenged floral arranger’ like me which is one of the reasons this is a favorite of mine. Below is a miniature tequila bottle filled with a few colored glass pebbles.
Planting Sweet Peas in a container works well- create a support for the vines to grow with a bamboo arch or sticks.
Last seasons trellised Sweet Peas