Sweet Pea - Mary Lou Heard (Heirloom) - Lathyrus odoratus
Annual - This variety is in honor of the memory of Mary Lou Heard, whose life and passion for gardening inspired and sustained all who knew her. The glowing, lilac-shaded blossoms are large and softly ruffled with an ambrosial perfume. The strong twining vines produce an abundance of long-stemmed blooms to adorn the garden and shine in bouquets. A portion of its sales proceeds will go to the Mary Lou Heard Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Soil Temperature: above 50°F
Planting Depth: 1"
Germination: 12-20 Days
Height At Maturity: 6-8 feet
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 4-5"
Approx Seeds per Pack: 35-40 Seeds
While Renee's Garden seeds are not all certified organic, they do not sell treated or GMO seeds and have signed the "Safe Seed Pledge.”
Planting & Care
Soil & Water:Sweet peas must have well-drained soil, so dig deeply and enrich with aged manure or compost before sowing seeds. Water well and mulch as vines grow.
Planting & Growing:Sow seeds in full sun in cool early spring weather (as early as the ground can be worked). In mild winter climates, where the ground does not freeze, sweet peas can be planted in the fall. Erect a well-anchored trellis, fence, or vertical netting for these climbing vines before planting seeds. Seedlings will form strong root systems, then overwinter to bloom vigorously in the spring. Plant seeds 1" deep and 2 - 3" apart. When seedlings are 2" tall, thin to 4 - 5" apart to allow plants room to mature.
Sweet peas bloom best before the weather gets too hot. Where summer heat comes on fast, they'll appreciate a spot with afternoon shade. Anchor supports well as vies will grow heavy with bloom. Protect seedlings from birds, slugs, and snails. Mulch and keep well-watered. For longest bloom, pick flowers often and keep faded blossoms cut.