LATHYRUS odoratus 'Early Multiflora Mix' (Annual Sweet Pea, Early - Early Multiflora Mix) is a variety of sweet pea known for its early blooming and abundance of flowers. 'Early Multiflora Mix' is an annual sweet pea variety. It completes its lifecycle within a year, and it is specifically bred to flower earlier than many other sweet pea varieties.
This variety typically grows to a height of about 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters) at maturity. It is a climbing plant that requires support, such as trellises or fences, for its vines to grow and twine around.
The 'Early Multiflora Mix' produces a profusion of flowers in various colors. The mix includes shades of pink, purple, red, white, and other color variations. The flowers are generally smaller in size compared to some other sweet pea varieties, but they compensate with their abundance and early blooming.
'Early Multiflora Mix' sweet peas thrive in full sun but can tolerate some light shade. They prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Adequate air circulation and regular watering are essential for healthy growth and abundant flowering.
Sweet peas are usually grown from seeds. You can start the seeds indoors a few weeks before the last frost date and transplant the seedlings outdoors, or directly sow the seeds in the ground once the danger of frost has passed. Pre-soaking the seeds in water for a few hours before planting can aid in germination. Providing support for the plants to climb is crucial. Regular watering, especially during dry periods, and applying a balanced fertilizer every few weeks can promote healthy growth and flowering.
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. It's also important to provide a trellis or other support structure for the vines to climb and keep the plants organized.
The 'Early Multiflora Mix' sweet peas are specifically bred to bloom earlier than other varieties. While the exact blooming period may vary depending on your location and local climate conditions, you can expect them to flower earlier in the spring or even in late winter in some regions.
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Scientific Name: Lathyrus Odoratus
Common Name: Annual Sweet Pea – Early Multiflora mix
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: California, Midwest, Nothern, Northeast, Southeast
Height: 48-60 "
Spread: 24 "
Zone: USDA Hardiness 1-12
Exposure: Full Sun
Germination Ease: No stratification
Blooming Season: Early Summer and Late Summer
Flower Color: Red, Pink, White, Purple, Mixed Colors
Resistant: Deer Resistant
Water Requirement: Regular watering for best growth
Soil Type: Moist, Well-drained
Soil pH: pH 6.1-7.5
Uses: Aromatic and Cut Flowers