Sweet Pea Basics for the Beginning Gardener


If you're thinking about growing sweet peas in your garden, check out these basics about this old-fashioned fragrant beauty.

Generally, sweet peas bloom from late spring through early summer. They thrive in USDA hardiness zones 5-9

 With their bright colors and sweet scent, sweet peas make a great addition to any flower arrangement.

Sweet peas are deer-resistant, but pollinators like butterflies and bees love them. This makes this plant the best of both worlds.

Once the sweet pea plant is 4-6 inches tall and has at least three sets of leaves on each stalk, start pinching it back to encourage side shoots.

When planning the location of your garden beds, remember that sweet peas love the full sun in the northern half of the US and afternoon shade in the southern states.

They require full sunlight to grow and bloom, so they should be planted in an area with at least six hours of direct sun per day.

Sweet peas are heavy feeders and need extra nutrients. Add a layer of organic matter such as compost or bone meal and natural fertilizer to the garden bed.

Sweet pea vines will grow quickly to at least 6 feet tall, so they’ll need strong vertical support to climb on.

For more gardening tips on sweet peas and other cut flowers, visit the blog.

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