Lathyrus odoratus 'Hunters Moon'
spencer sweet pea seed Hunters Moon
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Flower colour: rich cream
- Other features: scented flowers
- Hardiness: hardy annual
Rich cream-coloured petals form gloriously scented flowers that appear throughout the summer on these much-loved, cottage garden plants. Plant them at the base of a sunny south-facing wall and provide something for them to scramble up, or pot several into a large container topped with an obelisk to create an elegant feature for the patio.
In our (not very scientific) sweet pea trial on the nursery, we found that this variety still had lots of lightly scented, creamy white flowers in August, and these were carried on 8 - 10" stems.
All the sweet-peas in our trial produced significantly better plants when the seeds were sown in autumn rather than spring.
- Garden care:From October to late February, sow seeds into deep pots or root trainers filled with a good-quality seed compost and place them in a cold frame. Pinch out the tips as the plants grow to encourage them to become bushier and produce more flowers, and harden off before planting out in early April. Direct sowings can also be made in October or March-April. It is important to remove the faded flowers before they set seed, so picking them to fill a vase inside will only encourage more to form.
- Sow: October-April
- Flowering: June-September
- Approximate quantity: 20 seeds.
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Q:What does 'pinching out' mean?
I would like to buy some Sweet Peas however, I'm not sure what the term 'pinching out the tips' means. Any clues on how you would do this?Asked on 3/29/2006 by Ms Sau Min Chang
A:Pinching out, simply means removing the growing tip of the plant. This encourages the plants to produce lateral shoots, which will result in bushier growth. All you need to do is nip out the top two leaves and growing point of each plant using your fingers or a small pair of scissors.Answered on 4/3/2006 by Crocus
Many flowering plants can be encouraged to produce better and longer-lasting displays with the minimum of effort. A plant produces flowers in order to reproduce and ensure the survival of the species. Once a plant has flowered and fertilisation has takenRead full article