Botanical Interests "Starry Night" Sweet Pea Seeds
Annual. Blooms in spring. Full sun. 5' - 6' vines. 1 - 2" flowers in violet-blue, midnight, crimson, and cream. 'Starry Night' is an artistic blend of heirloom Old Spice Sweet Peas that are highly scented and heat resistant. The dark shades and cream accents evoke the look of a clear summer night with a crimson red added in for an extra visual punch. A good choice for areas where the summer heat arrives early - they will continue to bloom as the temperature rises. Also a nice choice if you are sowing your Sweet Peas a little later in the spring. Plant on a trellis or fence in a high traffic area to enjoy their wonderful scent. Bloom time is generally from 3 to 5 weeks. Removing all spent stalks and blooms immediately after they are done blooming will prolong the bloom period further into summer. Before planting, prepare your sight well. Choose a sunny, cool spot away from winds and heat-absorbing materials like brick and stone. A 1' - 2' deep bed that has been amended with compost or peat is ideal with the pH ranging from alkaline to neutral. Please note that Sweet Peas are inedible and poisonous.
When to plant outside: In cold climates, sow in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. This means St. Patrick's Day or earlier. In warm climates, sow October through January for early spring bloom.
When to start inside: Sow 4-6 weeks before planting outside (see above).
Special Germination Instructions: Seed requires scarification, a process that helps to break the hard seed coat. Soak in water for 24 hours before planting or roll on sandpaper to slightly nick the outer surface.
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