LATHYRUS odoratus 'Heirloom Mix' (Annual Sweet Pea, Heirloom types - Heirloom Mix) is a variety of sweet pea that consists of various heirloom types. Heirloom sweet peas are cultivars that have been passed down through generations due to their unique characteristics and historical significance.
'Heirloom Mix' is an annual sweet pea variety, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year. It belongs to the heirloom category, which indicates that the cultivars included in the mix are traditional and have been preserved for their desirable traits.
Sweet peas in the 'Heirloom Mix' can vary in size, but they typically reach a height of 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) at maturity. Like other sweet peas, they are climbing plants that require support, such as trellises or fences, for their vines to grow and twine around.
This mix of heirloom sweet peas offers a diverse array of flower colors, patterns, and fragrances. You can expect to see a range of hues, including shades of pink, purple, red, white, and bi-colors. The individual flowers may have different markings and variations in petal shape and size. Some heirloom sweet peas are known for their intense fragrance, while others may have a milder scent.
Sweet peas generally thrive in full sun, although they can tolerate partial shade. They prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Adequate air circulation and regular watering are important for their growth and blooming.
Sweet peas are typically grown from seeds. You can start the seeds indoors before the last frost date and then transplant the seedlings outdoors, or directly sow the seeds in the ground once the risk of frost has passed. Soaking the seeds in water for a few hours prior to planting can aid in germination. Providing support for the plants to climb is crucial, and regular watering, especially during dry periods, will help keep them healthy.
Deadheading the faded flowers will encourage continuous blooming. By removing the spent flowers, you prevent seed formation and prompt the plant to produce more blooms. Ensuring the availability of a trellis or other support structure for the vines to climb will keep the plants organized and tidy. Sweet peas typically bloom during the spring and early summer months. 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 - Heirloom mix
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Eastern Mediterranean regions from Sicily, Island of Malta, China, SriLankan
Height: 72-96 "
Spread: 12 "
Exposure: Full sun needed for best flowering
Blooming Season: Summers
Flower Color: Mixed colors
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Characteristics: Cut flowers, Showy, Fragrant
Soil Type: Loam, Sandy, Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Garden Uses: Cutting Gardens, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden