Delightful Fragrance Sweet Pea Plants

Delightful Fragrance Sweet Pea Plants

The sweet pea plants your grandmother grew truly deserved the name “sweet” because of their delightful fragrance. Sweet Pea are annual garden climbing plants from the legume family Fabaceae. Sweet Peas have a Mediterranean origin, but now thrive worldwide. They are very popular with gardeners as they are attractive and easy to grow. The Sweet Pea plant, if properly supported, can grow up to four to six feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters) tall. The compound leaves consist of two leaflets with a tendril in the middle. It is this tendril that grasps a support and helps the plant climb. Sweet Pea flower plants are fragrant, delicate-looking and a single bloom has three or four florets on a stem. While Wild Sweet Peas come in a few select colors, specially cultivated varieties or cultivars are available in a very wide profusion of colors. Sweet Pea cultivars have been grown since the seventeenth century.

Sweet pea plants are cultivated from seeds. These seeds, incidentally, are very toxic; unlike their legume relatives, they are not to be eaten. To get show variety flowers and colors of your choice, buy top quality seeds from a reliable seed retailer. Some gardeners prefer soaking the seeds overnight before planting. This softens the hard seed cover, and the seeds that swell up are the ones guaranteed to develop into seedlings. Others consider this practice detrimental to plant growth.

Purple Sweet Pea Plants In The Backyard

Water the soil around the plants often enough to keep it moist, applying the water slowly and deeply.

Purple Sweet Pea Plants In The Backyard

Garden With Sweet Pea In The Tower

Plant sweet pea seeds in spring while there is still a chance of light frost or in late fall.

Garden With Sweet Pea In The Tower

Sweet Pea Plants In The Garden

Taking care of sweet peas is easy. They prefer long, cool summers, and don’t last past spring in areas where summers are hot.

Sweet Pea Plants In The Garden

Colorful Sweet Pea Plants In The Garden

Sweet pea flowers come in both bush and climbing types.

Colorful Sweet Pea Plants In The Garden

Backyard Garden With Sweet Pea Plants

The perennial sweet pea is easily grown from the seed, and if planted at the proper time of the year, will grow swiftly.

Backyard Garden With Sweet Pea Plants

Pink Sweet Pea Plants In The Backyard Garden

It is not always necessary to fertilize sweet pea flowers, but it might be a good idea if your soil is of poor quality.

Pink Sweet Pea Plants In The Backyard Garden

Outdoor Garden Sweet Pea Plants

Once your sweet pea flowers are well established, caring for them shouldn't be very difficult.

Outdoor Garden Sweet Pea Plants

Garden With Flowering Sweet Pea Plants

Sweet peas tend to grow best in sunny spots, although partial shade is also acceptable.

Garden With Flowering Sweet Pea Plants
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