SWEET PEA NOTES

NZ Gardener - - Plants -

• Most avail­able sweet peas are sum­mer flow­er­ing, re­quir­ing 12 hours of day­light be­fore they will bloom. Keith ad­vises these are best planted any time be­tween July and Oc­to­ber, cer­tainly not be­fore June or the vines grow too large by the time days are long enough for flow­er­ing to com­mence. Removing the main shoot from young plants en­cour­ages stronger basal growth and bushier plants.

• Spring-flow­er­ing types re­quire 11 hours of day­light and are best sown in May, and win­ter-flow­er­ing va­ri­eties need just 10 hours and are best sown late Fe­bru­ary or March. These typ­i­cally pro­duce a sin­gle main stem with­out strong basal growth and are mainly grown as cut flow­ers.

• Dharini em­pha­sises the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing young seedlings from slugs and snails.

• Cul­tural notes are sent out with seeds. Or­der from Keith’s web­site, drkei­th­ham­mett.co.nz.

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