Growing sweet peas is easier than you think. You could just poke a seed in the ground and wait and you would actually get pretty good results too. But this is certainly not the way to get the best results. A well prepared soil with compost, organic pellets and a dusting of agricultural lime give them the best start. They have a long season of bloom and make excellent cut flowers. Sweet peas lend a romantic cottage feel to gardens. They are often grown on bamboo tripods, but they will gladly grow through shrubby plants.
They also work well in a vegetable garden, attracting bees and other pollinators needed in the vegetable garden. They can be grown along the fence or mixed in with the pole beans.
Sweet peas are climbers bearing clusters of flowers in a wide variety of colours including red, pink, blue, white and lavender. The stems appear folded and the flowers resemble fringed butterflies, selected for their vibrant colours and intense fragrance. Allowing for choice, both climbing and dwarf varieties are available. Make a show using colours that you love to pick. Plant single colours or make your own combo of colours to suit your home.
Sweet pea vines have tendrils and will attach themselves to most any type of support with meshing or lines. Regular deadheading or cutting for display, will keep them blooming longer. Sweet peas require regular watering, especially as the temperature increases through spring. They prefer a somewhat rich soil and can be fed monthly with Multifeed classic
Look out for Heirloom Sweet peas. These antique, or heirloom, sweet peas produce masses of small, highly scented flowers which aren’t often found in our gardens any more. With their unique, eye-catching colour patterns, Kirchhoff's Heirloom Sweet Peas are perfect for any garden.
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We recommend you plant them in well prepared soil. Liberal compost and Bioganic organic fertiliser turned over into the soil at least a garden fork deep. Add a handful of Agricultural lime per square meter over the top and dig again. Level out and plant your seeds after which a thin layer of compost can be spread over the bed. Water daily until the seeds start to show, feed regularly with Multifeed to get the best results.