Sweet Pea 'Beaujolais' has lovely large, red wine coloured, scented blooms throughout summer.
They make a striking addition to the garden and look great grown up against a trellis. Their long stems also make them good for cut flowers, either on their own or as part of a floral arrangement.
|When to sow||January to March, September and October under glass or indoors, April and May sow direct outdoors.|
|Where to sow||Sow indoors or under glass, 2.5cm (1in) deep in compost filled root trainers (or toilet roll inners).|
|Sow direct where they are to flower, preferably in a sunny position , either in a pot or border, 2.5cm (1in) deep and 5cm (2in) apart.|
|What to do next||Harden off seedlings sown indoors or under glass during late March to be planted out in flowering site from April onwards.|
|Thin direct sown seedlings to 10cm (4in) apart.|
|Protect outdoor seedlings from slugs and snails|
|As the plants grow provide support with tall canes or netting. Can grow up to 6ft tall.|
|Pick flowers regularly to encourage new growth.|
|Handy tips||Soak sweet pea seeds in hot water for 24 hours prior to sowing which will soften the seed coating and speed up germination.|
|Deadhead on a regular basis to ensure that flowering continues all summer.|
|Flowering period||May to September.|
|Uses||Ideal for cut flowers with an intense fragrance|
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