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Velvet sweet pea collection

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Buy Velvet sweet pea collection plants grown in root trainers: 12 beautiful sweet peas

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

    The petals of these sumptuous sweet peas are richly coloured and have a plush, velvety appearance. Find a sunny spot with moderately rich, freely-draining soil for them - ideally near a path or entrance, so you can enjoy the scent each time you pass. The flowers will last well after being cut too, and will fill your home with their heavenly scent.

    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.

    In this collection you will receive 4 plants of each of the following three varieties grown in root trainers

    • Lathyrus odoratus 'Beaujolais':Flowers, which are so dark they almost look black, appear throughout the summer and gradually become a little paler, but still maintain a deep burgundy hue. The lower lip of the flower is a more distinct shade of purple, and these create a great contrast. Their bold colouring teams up well with lush purples and plums. Height to 1.8m

    • Lathyrus odoratus 'Gwendoline':Creamy-white petals, which look like they have been dipped in pink icing sugar, form luscious sprays of flowers that appear in profusion in summer. This headily-scented variety looks great scrambling over an obelisk or sprawling over a hospitable, neighbouring shrub. Cut the flowers to fill your home with perfume, or leave them outside for the bees buzz about. Height to 1.8m

    • Lathyrus odoratus 'Pluto':This lusciously coloured sweet pea will add bold splashes of colour to the border, where the bluish-purple flowers will look fab mixed with rich plums, lilacs and strong purples. The flowers appear throughout the summer if dead-headed regularly and have a delicate, sweet scent. Height to 1.8m

    • 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 don't forget to keep cutting them so that you get plenty more!

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Can I grow these in pots with frames?

SL

Yes, these do well in large pots provided they are kept well fed and watered.

Helen

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?

Ms Sau Min Chang

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.

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