Sweet Pea ‘Old Times’ - Seed
Let this climber loose in your garden!
Sowing is possible in 2 ways:
- Sow lathyrus early. As of February, you will be able to sow indoors. Use small pots and sow one seed per pot. Put the pots in a small greenhouse or place them on the windowsill. Keep them moist and warm, and let the light do the rest. Indoors you will be able to moderate growth by moving them to a cooler but lighter room.
The seed will germinate in 14-21 days.
Once the plants have reached 10 cm, and there is no more signs of frost, you can plant them outdoors where you want them to grow.
Loosen the soil well and immediately after planting give them a good watering. The climbing sweet pea grows well in loose, fertile soil. Improve your garden soil by mixing it with a little compost. The climber will do best in a spot in full sunlight or partial shade.
- Loosen the soil well and immediately after planting give them a good watering. The climbing sweet pea grows well in loose, fertile soil. Improve your garden soil by mixing it with a little compost. The climber will do best in a spot in full sunlight or partial shade.
Sowing in open ground, preferably in full sunlight, is possible from late April up until June. Loosen the soil to a depth of at least 30 cm. Create a straight groove of approx. 1 cm deep. Place a label at the beginning and sow the seeds as thinly as possible by letting them drop between thumb and index finger above the groove. Cover the seed with approx. 0.5 cm of soil, gently press and spray with water. Sow several rows at 30 cm apart from one another. The seedlings are sensitive to frost, in case of threatening frost during the night, protect with a fleece cloth.
If you want to leave the seedlings in the ground, it might be useful to put stakes at the start and finish of the row and place a wire netting between them. The plants will naturally attach themselves to the netting, in order to climb.
The sweet pea creates little tendrils that allow them to twine themselves around a support frame, they will need a little help to start them off. The sweet pea will automatically grow upwards along a trellis, low wire fence or climbing support. Lathyrus can also grow through a shrub or another climber. You can create beautiful combinations with climbing roses, for example.
The beautiful Lathyrus odoratus is a climbing annual, producing numerous flowers all summer. The flowers smell delicious and make excellent cut flowers.
Lathyrus odoratus is also known as the sweet pea or the scented pea. Sweet peas can climb to about 2.5 metres high.
Lathyrus is a strong climber that does not require a lot of maintenance. They do need a little extra water during dry periods. Regularly remove faded flowers and pods to stimulate and prolong flowering.
If you harvest the seeds of your annual sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) you can replant them in spring. remove the plant during or after the winter.