Sweet peas are the ultimate easy-to-grow summer flower, for colour in the garden and for cutting for bouquets. These super-scented floral powerhouses will produce buckets of blooms in a kaleidoscope range of shades all season long.
Sweet peas are annuals, which mean they germinate, grow, flower, set seed and die all in one year and so have to be re-grown each year.
The strong scents also attract insects into the garden which will help to pollinate your vegetable crops. There are two broad categories of sweet peas, the Old Fashioneds and the Spencers.
Powdery mildew in peas often develops quickly when days are warm and dry, but nights are chilly with dewy mornings. The first sign of peas with powdery mildew is small, round, whitish or grey spots on the top of mature leaves. The powdery stuff is Read more
Leaves starting to go yellow on the bottom of the plant is usually caused by over-watering, or by watering from a cold hosepipe. It can also be caused by the compost being used being too rich and burning the roots of the plants. This is Read more
If you suspect your cat has ingested the everlasting pea in any quantity, take it to the vet immediately even if it is not showing symptoms. The everlasting pea plant, also called the sweet pea and the perennial pea, is a member of the Fabaceae Read more
Begin saving seeds from sweet peas after the shells turn brown and brittle. If you harvest the sweet pea seedpods before they are completely mature, they won't germinate. Collecting seeds from sweet peas is easy. Bring the seedpods indoors and remove the seeds from the Read more
Sweet Peas enjoy full sun in the northern half of the US. In the South, they can benefit from afternoon shade. They like cool roots and cool temperatures so they are planted as early as possible in the spring. A light frost will not harm Read more
Wilts and rots commonly cause pea plants to turn brown. Rots occur most often during wet seasons in gardens with poor drainage or located in low-lying areas. Pythium root rot often affects peas, causing plants to appear light brown in color and the stems to Read more
However, lily and other plant toxicities are seen commonly in cats. It's a good idea to avoid growing certain plants in your garden or having them in your home which are toxic to cats, just in case. These include: Sweet peas, love apple and lilies.
It's simply the result of the weather and environment. You can expect to see sweet peas dropping buds when night temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 C.) follow a warm day. The next morning, buds fall off in a gentle breeze or at the slightest Read more
Mice like cheese but mice LOVE sweet peas! There is plenty of mousey evidence in the greenhouse so I had a good think out of the box, in the box and around the box about how to prevent my sweet pea seedlings from becoming a Read more
Sweet peas come in a huge array of colors and patterns. Most will grow to 5 or 6 feet, but there are shorter varieties "bush type" that are well-suited to containers. To extend the blooming season, choose a few different types.
If you grow your own veg, try growing some sweet peas alongside your runner beans. Their fragrant, pastel flowers will attract bees and bumblebees, which will then go on to pollinate your vegetables. Sweet peas are also great for cutting and will add colour and Read more
Conditions: Sweet peas grow in full sun to partial shade and require rich, well-drained soil. Pests and diseases: Plants need elbow room to promote air circulation, which will hinder mildew problems.
Most sweet peas will grow to about 2m in height. Water in well until they've put on good growth. Space sweet pea plugs or pots about 20cm apart – don't worry about separating individual plants.
when to plant sweet peas Sow sweet pea seeds between October and April. For best results aim for late October/November or late February/March as temperatures and light levels are less than ideal in midwinter. Sweet peas can also be sown direct into the ground in Read more
Some environmental factors that can cause pea plants to turn brown include heat and hail. Peas are a cool-season crop, so they cannot withstand temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is at this temperature that peas stop producing flowers and pods; they also turn brown, Read more
While the sweet pea is considered an annual, there are a few perennial cultivars, but they lack fragrance. As does a related perennial species, the everlasting pea (Lathyrus latifolius).
Tip. Pinch off the top bud of a sweet pea plant when it is about 6 inches tall in order to encourage more stems to grow at the base.
Pinching out sweet peas is not required, but many gardeners choose to do so in order to keep sweet peas short and bushy. Others choose to pinch back sweet peas to stimulate the growth of numerous flower buds. Keep in mind that sweet peas are Read more
Blood meal is a suitable source of nitrogen, and Epsom salts may be used to supply the magnesium. One tablespoon of blood meal and one tablespoon of Epsom salts for every 9 square feet is adequate, applied every four weeks. Work the nutrients into the Read more
Sweet peas are annuals, which mean they germinate, grow, flower, set seed and die all in one year and so have to be re-grown each year. You can remove every bloom from a set of Sweet peas and within days they will be back, so Read more
One, and the most likely, is a tiny leaf miner. These are the larvae of equally tiny moths and they tunnel in this erratic pattern through a leaf, leaving scar tissue. In small numbers, they are rarely a problem, but these have clearly gotten out Read more
Because Sweet Peas are vining, they need support to grow up and flower. Many types of structures can work such as a trellis, supports with mesh or twine, or fences. They need a structure that is well anchored in the ground to support the weight Read more
Sweet Peas can be grown from seed and sown directly in the ground after a seed treatment or, more easily, from a started plant. Here at White Flower Farm, we sow 3 seeds per pot to produce 3 growing Sweet Pea vines.
Sweet peas rarely need watering more than once a week, but you need to maintain even moisture throughout the growing season. They do not like hot weather, so water them regularly in the summer, but do it early in the day to prevent buds from Read more
Planting out sweet peas Plant out your sweet peas from late May, once all risk of frost has passed. Before planting, harden them off by putting them out in the day and returning them to a frost-free place at night. Pinch out the tips of Read more
Perennial Sweet Pea or Everlasting Pea is an old fashioned herbaceous perennial climbing vine with beautiful bright flowers that grows up 10' tall. This plant blooms in summer, and blooms are on long peduncles above the foliage.
Q Which plants are most at risk from damage from fungus gnats? A Carnations, chrysanthemums, cyclamen, freesias, orchids, pelargoniums, primulas, saxifrage, sempervivum and sweet peas are susceptible. Remove dying leaves and dead flowers regularly, so that they do not begin to decay and so attract Read more
Sweet Peas enjoy full sun in the northern half of the US. In the South, they can benefit from afternoon shade. They like cool roots and cool temperatures so they are planted as early as possible in the spring.
Root rot – Root rot is also a soil-borne fungus that affects peas. Pea plants yellow at the base of the plant and stems wither and eventually die back. Spores are dispersed through contact, wind, and water. Ascochyta blight – Lastly, Ascochyta blight may be Read more
Nutrition. Peas are a good source of vitamins C and E, zinc, and other antioxidants that strengthen your immune system. Other nutrients, such as vitamins A and B and coumestrol, help reduce inflammation and lower your risk of chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and Read more
Sweet peas prefer cool days and nights and will start to fade when temperatures go above 65°F. Except for the bush types, sweet peas are real climbers. Give them at least 6 feet of good support. Some varieties may climb to 9 or 10 feet.
In very hot weather and dry conditions plants benefit from watering and spraying over with water. This will keep the plants plump and in good conditions. Always make sure plants are not dry at roots before cutting as if they are the flowers will go Read more
This is powdery mildew which is a real problem with Sweet Peas, and probably, at some point, in the season they will become infected, it is almost inevitable. The mildew attacks the plants when they become too dry or otherwise stressed. Sweet peas are hungry Read more
Pea seeds can tolerate colder temperatures than most garden vegetables. They germinate best when soil temperatures are around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Cornell University, although they can tolerate soil temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
In April, once your sweet peas are growing well and the main risk of frost has passed, you can pop them outside to acclimatise them to outdoor conditions for a week or so before planting them in their final position.
The mildew attacks the plants when they become too dry or otherwise stressed. Sweet peas are hungry feeders, and they like plenty of water. Also, when we plant sweet peas, we tend to pack them in, for mass colour effect and we plant too many Read more
Sweet peas are heavy feeders, so amend soil well before planting with lots of rich compost or well-rotted manure. (Sweet peas grown in containers will need regular fertilization every few weeks.)