Knee High Sweet Pea Mix

$3.95

This sweet pea mix is a semi-dwarf variety that is bushy with a wide range of colors and hues. Great for growing in containers! These fragrant and long-lasting cut flowers can be planted in the fall in mild climates and left to overwinter until they bloom in spring. In colder zones, sweet peas should be started inside and transplanted out after the danger of frost has passed.

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Description

This sweet pea mix is a semi-dwarf variety that is bushy with a wide range of colors and hues. Great for growing in containers! These fragrant and long-lasting cut flowers can be planted in the fall in mild climates and left to overwinter until they bloom in spring. In colder zones, sweet peas should be started inside and transplanted out after the danger of frost has passed.

Seed pack contents: .5G Sows about 15’ row

Botanical name: Lathyrus odoratus

Planting by Zones

Zones 9-10

  • Plant in fall to overwinter and bloom in spring

Zones 3-8

  • Start indoors 7-8 weeks before the last frost. Transplant out after the danger of frost is gone.

Planting Sweet Pea Seeds

  • Seeds need to be thoroughly soaked to ensure good germination. Scarifying (scratching) the seed coat to allow water in can help the seed take on the water quicker and therefore germinate quicker.
  • Seeds should be planted ½” deep in good, well worked and deeply watered soil if you are direct sowing. If you are transplanting, start your seeds in a seed starting mix and transplant them out when they are 3-4” tall.

Growing Sweet Peas

  • Sweet Peas enjoy cool weather and in Zones 9 and 10 should be planted in the fall and left to overwinter. They will bloom in the spring. In other zones, sweet peas can be started indoors from seed 6-7 weeks before the last frost. Once the danger of frost has passed, the transplants can be planted outside in the full sun.
  • Sweet peas like to have a trellis or structure to grow up. Although the Knee high mix is a dwarf variety, it still enjoys a small 2-3’ structure to climb up.

Growing Sweet Peas in Containers

  • If you are planting sweet peas in containers, make sure your container is at least 10” deep. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture.

Harvesting Sweet Pea Flowers

  • Sweet Peas are grown for their heavily scented blooms. The more blooms you harvest, the more blooms the plant will produce. Picking the blooms in the early morning and placing them directly in a water-filled vase will ensure the longest blooms.

Southern California Pro-tips

  • Fall in Zones 9 and 10 can be brutally hot. When seed starting, protect plants from the heat with shade cloth and water deeply.
  • Mulch heavily to ensure the soil stays cool and well-watered.
  • DO NOT overhead water as this promotes disease.

Succession Planting Tips

  • Plant more seeds every 15 days to guarantee a prolonged blooming period.

Companion Flowers/ Crops

  • Sweet Peas flowers and pods are not edible but can be grown as a lovely addition to fall and winter crops. Plant them in with your cabbage, lettuces, and other fall/winter greens. They also look lovely behind shorter plants like our alyssum, borage, and yarrow. Search all our flower varieties here.

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