Sweet peas are gorgeous annual flowers that feature a fragrance that smells just as lovely as they appear. These flowers are part of the Fabaceae family and have about 160 different sub-species. They also come in a array of colors like pinks, reds, and purples. They can grow up to 9 feet. Get ready to start your sweet pea garden today with with useful guide.
Start your garden late in the year.
Get an early start on your gardening success and plant the seeds before spring. Ideally, you should sow the seeds in late November or early December, because the cold temperatures are vital to the plant’s development of roots and vines.
Prepare your seeds and garden spot.
Do you want your plants to germinate earlier? Gently cut each seed with a set of nail clippers to remove the outer coating. Once you have that removed, your seeds should have an easier time absorbing the water which enables faster growth. You can start your garden with well-drained but damp soil. Space out your plants by two or three inches to ensure that each plant has enough room to grow. Cover each plant spot with about an inch of soil.
Water and monitor your Sweet Pea plant.
Sweet Peas are relatively easy to care for, but they still require a little tender loving care. Sprinkle them with a little water from a watering can. Also, you need to watch out for natural pests and diseases such as snails, mildews, molds, and rusts. You can prevent slugs from eating your plants by apply iron phosphate tablets on the plants. As for molds or mildews, regular watering and mulching will work as your best prevention methods, but if it’s too late for that, you can always use a fungicide to remove the problem.