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Tips on Growing Sweet Peas

Updated: May 4

Growing Sweet Peas can be a fun and rewarding experience, so we wanted to share some tips to ensure your success! Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these tips will help you create a vibrant and thriving Sweet Pea display!


1. Choose the Right Variety

Selecting the right variety of Sweet Peas is essential for a successful and colourful garden. Consider factors such as colour, height, and scent when choosing your seeds or young plants. Some popular varieties include 'Spencer' varieties for large blooms and 'Old Fashioned' for a nostalgic touch.


2. Sow Seeds or Transplant Seedlings

Sweet Peas can be grown from seeds or transplanted as seedlings. If sowing seeds, make sure to soak them in water overnight to aid germination. Alternatively, transplanting seedlings is a convenient option, allowing you to enjoy blooms earlier in the season.


3. Provide Proper Support

Sweet Peas are climbing plants and require sturdy support structures to grow and flourish. Install trellises, obelisks, or netting to provide a secure framework for the vines to cling onto. Regularly tie the stems to the supports to prevent them from falling or becoming tangled.


4. Ensure Plenty of Sun and Water

Sweet Peas thrive in full sun, so choose a location in your garden that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Adequate watering is vital, especially during dry spells. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, as excessive water can lead to root rot.


5. Deadhead and Harvest Regularly

To encourage continuous blooming, make sure to deadhead faded flowers regularly. Removing spent blooms prevents the plants from producing seed pods and redirects their energy into producing new blooms. Additionally, don't forget to harvest the fragrant blooms and bring them indoors to enjoy their beauty and scent.


6. Encourage Pollinators

Sweet Peas attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which play a crucial role in maintaining the health of your garden. Create a pollinator-friendly environment by planting other nectar-rich flowers nearby to enhance biodiversity and support these beneficial insects.


We hope these tips help you grow a bountiful display of Sweet Peas in your garden. We also offer various garden therapy activities to support your wellbeing. From potting sessions to gentle gardening, join us at the Moat and immerse yourself in our beautiful gardens! Get in touch to find out how you can get involved. 


Don't forget to share your beautiful blooms with us and stay in touch for more gardening inspiration. Happy gardening!

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