Whoah! I just realised there’s a lot of ‘S’s in that title – but anyway…
Today, I sowed my Sweet Peas. I planted them at the same time last year and they seemed to do very well. I’m planting three varieties, Blue Ripple, High Scent and Rose Pearl, with a fourth pot of mixed saved seed from last year.
Some people will swear by RootTrainers for Sweet Peas, but, although I think RootTrainers are a good idea, I’ve never used them for Sweet Peas and mine have always germinated and flowered fine. I also don’t soak the seed. Again, I’ve had no problem with germination in the past – of course that’s not to say I won’t be smited by the seed Gods this year.
I thought I would plant my saved seed in a separate pot as a sort of mini germination experiment to see if the saved seed was as viable as the bought seed. I’ll let you know how that goes.
I’m hoping the saved seed does do well because it was so easy to collect that it could save me a small fortune in seed costs during these crunchy times.
Here’s how I did it. Once your Sweet Peas are nearing the end of their flowering life, all you need to do is to let some of them run to seed. Don’t do this at the beginning of the season because, just like edible Peas, once they have set seed the plants will stop flowering.
The seed pods will start to swell. Leave them on the plant for as long as possible, or until the weather turns rainy. Then cut the pod, leaving a bit of stem, and hang them in a cool, dry place. A month or so later, pop the seeds, label and store them in a cool place in an airtight container.
My Sweet Peas normally live life alongside my Runner Beans. I have a teepee that I grow my Beans on and the Sweet Peas make a lovely sight, just twining themselves around the beanpoles, attracting bees, smelling gorgeous and just begging to be picked.
Whoohoo! summer is coming, guys. Get ready!
Oh and by the way, here are some other Jobs for March, that I’ll be getting on with quite soon.