Last night’s Big Allotment Challenge on BBC Two featured sweet peas, which have been a favourite of UK gardeners for years due to their prolific flowering, bright colours and sweet scent.
Sweet peas can be grown from seed, but do need to be sown by the end of April if you want to get flowers this year. An easier option is to buy the plants and put them directly into where you want them. They grow equally well in pots or flower beds. We have Perrywood Grown sweet peas in-store now!
Here are our top tips for making the most of your sweet peas:
- Cut off dead flowers, to encourage the new flowers to bud
- Keep regularly watered, especially in hot weather, but avoid watering in the hottest part of the day. If you want to minimise watering you can plant directly into your flower beds or plant in a larger pot which can hold more water. Self watering planters also work well
- Feed with a multi-purpose flower feed like Miracle Gro every 2-4 weeks
- It’s far easier to put up climbing supports when the plants first go in, rather than waiting until they are desperate for support. In-store we have wicker planters with built in supports (see below) which work extremely well. You may have to tie the shoots to the support at first to encourage them to cling
- Flowers will appear from late May to early June – picking flowers will encourage more flowers so you can enjoy them inside and out!
- Plant next to seating areas or by the back door so you can enjoy the delicious scent as you sit and relax!