Perennial Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea-perennial. This aggressive climbing plant is very long-lived. Grows 5-6' and spreads considerably. A mix of pink, lavender, and white sweet pea blooms appear in summer and keep blooming past frost. Sweet peas are not edible, all parts are poisonous.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 55-65ºF, soaking seeds overnight aid the germination
Seed Planting Depth: Sow ½” deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before transplanting outdoors in early to mid-spring. Provide 65-75ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant 4-6” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors in early spring
Growth Habit: Vining, climbing
Height and Width: 24-30"
Spacing: 4-6” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Fertile, moist but well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in 75-85 days
Uses: Cut flowers, containers, grow on fences, walls, trellises, and arbors, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Care: Grows best in cool mild climates, mulching helps keep roots cool and moist. Pinch to encourage branching, harvest often to encourage more flowers. Amend the soil with compost before transplanting. Apply a liquid fertilizer every 3-4 weeks