Lathyrus odoratus 'Princess Elizabeth'

sweet pea Princess Elizabeth

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4 plants £6.99
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Buy Lathyrus odoratus 'Princess Elizabeth' sweet pea Princess Elizabeth: Cream-flushed-pink blooms

    These sweet peas are autumn sown and grown in root trainers to promote longer deep roots. They have been grown under a cold polythene tunnel and whilst they are hardy, they are still young and do need that extra bit of protection on cold nights for the first few weeks. Wrap them in some good quality horticultural fleece or bring them in to an unheated greenhouse or conservatory for the night.

    • Position: full sun
    • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
    • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
    • Flowering period: June to September
    • Hardiness: hardy annual

      First introduced in 1945, 'Princess Elizabeth' is still a sought after variety. Its large, salmon pink flowers are flushed with cream, and they have a delicious perfume, which can be appreciated in the border or a vase. A cottage garden classic, it can be trained over an obelisk or arch, or left to scramble over a retaining wall.

    • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted organic matter in the planting hole. Feed with a high potash fertiliser, such as Tomorite for plenty of flowers and keep cutting them so that you get plenty more!

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June Week 1

If you do nothing else...water new plants. Make sure new additions do not suffer during dry spells. Plant up summer containers bedding once the threat of frosts has passed. Feed container plants about six weeks after planting. If it’s a nice day...trim he

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Plant up summer containers

After the last frost date, plant up containers with tender flowering bedding and reliable foliage plants. Line terracotta pots with polythene, taking care not to cover the planting holes, to reduce water loss through the porous sides of the pot.

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