LATHYRUS odoratus 'Bijou Mix' (Annual Sweet Pea, Dwarf - Bijou Mix) is a variety of sweet pea known for its compact and dwarf growth habit. 'Bijou Mix' is an annual sweet pea variety, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year. It is specifically bred to be a dwarf variety, characterized by its compact growth habit.
This variety typically reaches a height of about 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) at maturity, making it significantly shorter compared to other sweet pea varieties. Its compact size makes it suitable for containers, borders, or small gardens where space is limited.
The 'Bijou Mix' produces charming and colorful flowers in a variety of shades. The mix includes flowers in shades of pink, purple, red, white, and other color variations. Although smaller in size compared to larger sweet pea varieties, the flowers are still quite beautiful and fragrant.
'Bijou Mix' sweet peas thrive in full sun to partial shade. They prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Adequate air circulation and regular watering are essential for healthy growth and flowering.
Sweet peas are typically grown from seeds. You can sow the seeds directly in the ground or in containers after the danger of frost has passed. Pre-soaking the seeds in water for a few hours before planting can aid in germination. Ensure that the soil is kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Support structures such as small trellises or stakes can be used to help the dwarf plants grow and climb.
Deadheading the faded flowers is recommended to encourage continuous blooming. Removing the spent flowers prevents seed formation and encourages the plant to produce more blooms. Providing support for the vines to climb, even though they are dwarf in size, will help keep the plants organized. 'Bijou Mix' sweet peas typically bloom during the spring and early summer months. However, the exact blooming period may vary depending on your location and local climate conditions.
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Scientific Name: Lathyrus Odoratus
Common Name: Annual Sweet Pea, Dwarf – Bijou Mix
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: All regions of North America
Height: Up to 15 "
Spread: 19.6 "
Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer/Spring
Attracts: Humming Birds
Flower Shape: Buttery in shape
Flower Color: Mixed Colors, White, Pink, Red, Blue
Stratification: No stratification
Soil Type: Well-drained, Average, Rich
Soil pH: 6.4-7.6
Uses: Excellent for beds, borders and containers, Cut flowers, Aromatic